"With spot-on storytelling rhythms and pacing, Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Frances can’t stop thinking about the organ grinder and monkey on the corner, especially after she sees them sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it’s Frances’s turn to speak, all Frances can think about is the organ grinder’s sad eyes-until, just in time, she finds the perfect words to share. Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline present a timeless story of compassion and joy.
About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Heather Vogel Frederick is the author of the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club series, as well as the highly acclaimed "The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed", "The Education of Patience Goodspeed", and the Spy Mice series. She resides with her family in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at HeatherVogelFrederick.com.
The plotline is simplicity itself, and the text lacks any sentimentality or fluff, allowing the acrylic paintings, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell's work in their warmth and realism, to enrich and expand the story.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Ibatoulline's evocative artowkr moves [the story] to a higher level. The setting is the 1940s, and the art captures the time beautifully.
—Booklist (starred review)
This simple but powerful story will indeed bring the reader great joy.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)