Great Joy


Kate DiCamillo

This book I took home for its beautiful illustrations. On one level, it is somewhat of a Christmas feel-good story, but ultimately, I think, the author’s goal is to bring a sense of hope to all, and to communicate that the church is not an exclusive community, but has open doors for all with a message of hope for all.


The story takes place in a downtown city about a hundred years ago. It features a young girl who has concern for a homeless organ grinder and his monkey, and how she bravely gives the message of Christmas in their church’s Christmas program pageant. The story is told simply and well and will open the door for discussion.



Ages 4-10


Reviewer: Doreen



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