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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763629205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763629205
  • ASIN: 0763629200
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, winner of a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award; THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, winner of the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, a Newbery Honor winner; THE TIGER RISING, a National Book Award Finalist; and four books starring Mercy Watson, including a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. She lives in Minneapolis.

Bagram Ibatoulline is the illustrator of THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, as well as THE SERPENT CAME TO GLOUCESTER by M. T. Anderson, HANA IN THE TIME OF THE TULIPS by Deborah Noyes, THE ANIMAL HEDGE by Paul Fleischman, THE NIGHTINGALE retold by Stephen Mitchell, and CROSSING by Philip Booth. He lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.

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Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Magician's Elephant, a New York Times bestseller; The Tale of Despereaux, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor book; and six books starring Mercy Watson, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. She lives in Minneapolis.

Customer Reviews

Adults may love it even more than children do.
Gigi Ross
This slim and graceful book, with its simple yet timeless message, lives up to its title --- it does bring tidings of GREAT JOY.
KidsReads
The text is easily readable, and the illustrations are beautifully done.
Carolyn Ogden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Bickle on December 16, 2009
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I bought this book, last Christmas, for a friend and couldn't wait to get a copy for myself this year. I too was surprised by the seemingly abrupt ending. I am writing in response to the review that had nothing good to say about the book. I agree that this book is more for adults who will grasp its meaning. The person who wrote the review thought it was awful that he, the organ grinder, should be invited in, and then what? Back out in the cold? So, I'm wondering, should we do nothing because perhaps we can only do one thing? Look at the joy on the mans face! In a room that size, full of people perhaps there was someone who could offer him a place to stay. Oh how we limit what God can do when we open our hearts to care. May I also suggest that this may have been the first of many offers to come in from the cold, for a hot bowl of soup, hot chocolate or even a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day! Jesus said when you do kind things to others you are doing them unto him! May I also be so bold as to suggest that this may have been the end of the book, but only the beginning of the story. Think about it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gigi Ross on December 18, 2007
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This is a beautiful and sensitive Christmas picture book that is not about snowmen or reindeer or Santa Claus. It gets to the heart of Christmas with a few lines of story and beautiful illustrations of a simpler time in our history on each page. Without being preachy, it preaches a clear message that Christmas is about caring and welcoming the stranger into our lives. Adults may love it even more than children do.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Quelle on November 8, 2007
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This is a truly moving book. It brought tears to my eyes. The girl's love and concern for a man that no one else cares for are a great lesson for all kids (and their parents!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on October 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I am a fan of the author.

This is a lovely Christmas picture book that, aside from a religious aspect, captures the true essence of Christmas. First of all, the illustrations are absolutely breathtaking paintings done in acrylic gouache. They place the story in the past sometime, but it is not until we see the photograph of the man in uniform do we place the story as being during, World War II. This book is worthy for its pictures alone. Yet, it has a text equally breathtaking to match. The story of a little girl who has compassion for the organ grinder she sees across the street each day, wondering where they go at night. The mother has no time for the girl's interest in the man, understandably so, under her circumstances. But when the girl stays up late one night and finds out that they live on the street, she sees the sadness in the man's eyes and invites him to church to watch her Christmas Pageant. At first it does not look as if the man will show up and the girl, playing an angel cannot get her lines out. But when she sees him enter the church she boldly cries "I bring you tidings of Great Joy!" Later, we see the organ grinder happily talking to the mother at a reception in the church hall. A heartwarming, touching story for the Christmas season which I think shows a great response to Christ's words "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matt 25:40
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Love2read on December 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly lovely story with a beautiful lesson. The illustrations are excellent and there are so many things a teacher can discuss about this book with their students. I read it in the library and can't wait to get a copy of my own. I did feel that the plot was rushed and was surprised when I turned the page and found the story had ended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Busko VINE VOICE on January 28, 2008
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As a public librarian I have long felt that Kate DiCamillo is one of the best authors writing for children today. Her book Great Joy is another terrific addition to her body of work. Paired with the wonderful illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline again, DiCamillo gives us a lesson in what it means to care for those less fortunate than ourselves, even when that person is a stranger.

While I wouldn't place Great Joy as equal to her best work, Because of Winn-Dixie and the Tale of Despereaux, it is a worthwhile read and it has something to teach.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carol on November 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Having known sensitive children like the young girl in this story, I feel the author and the illustrator together have perfectly captured the concerns and the emotions of the young girl. It is masterful how the author built to the burst of "GREAT JOY" through the preceding pages of the young girl's questions, clearly stated feelings and actions in contrast to the "rush" of her mother. I look forward to sharing this with special young children in my life as the holiday season approaches.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Blackburn on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This proved to be an excellent choice for the "round robin" style Christmas meeting of our book discussion group. All members of the group are adults, and they were enthralled with the book's simple story line so sensitively presented, it's page size illustrations that forced readers to fully examine each picture through the "fog" that seemed to bring the illustrator's Russian background to the fore. This is a winner.
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