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The Jester Has Lost His Jingle Hardcover – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Jester Co Inc; 1 edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964456303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964456303
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4?A court jester wakes up one morning to find that despite his clowning, no one is laughing. He is banished from court and sets off to find out why the world has lost its sense of humor. After a long journey he arrives in a modern-day city where he questions a homeless man and a subway traveler about why people have stopped laughing and is told that the world is full of pain and tears. Finally, he asks a little girl in a hospital ward, "I wonder if you can tell me, how come laughter's not with you?" She explains that she has a tumor and just feels like crying. The jester goes to work with his routines, however, and soon has the child guffawing. With that "laughter leaped out of the window" and back into the world. The jester is soon restored to his palace position and everyone learns that "when you're feeling lonely or sad or bad or blue, remember where laughter's hiding...it's hiding inside of YOU!" The story is told in rhyme that is uneven in meter and awkwardly constructed. Interlaced borders used for some of the pictures may fit the Middle Ages setting that the book begins with but seem out of place with the cartoon figures. Furthermore, the pictorial change from ancient castle to a modern-day city is not explained. The simple line drawings with watercolor washes reflect the author's experiences as a comic-strip artist and editorial cartoonist. Saltzman's message that laughter is good therapy may be an important one, but it is just too heavy handed here to make a good children's book.?Barbara Kiefer, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 6^-8. In this nicely produced picture book, a jester banished from court for failing to amuse sets out to rediscover laughter in the world: "Then it isn't me at all! / It's the world that must be sick. / We must find that sense of humor, / and bring it back here quick!" The book is longer than most for the age group (possibly too long), but the bouncy rhyme of the text will keep the pages turning sufficiently, as will the shining colors of the double-page-spread paintings, peopled with comic-book-like characters that have an unsophisticated charm some children will like. The narrative doesn't always scan well, and the story's undisguised message will strike some readers as cloying, but the book's heartfelt optimism is difficult to ignore, and its celebration of life and laughter is a lesson for all. Stephanie Zvirin

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Thank goodness I read the book before reading the editorial.
L. Kerner
David Saltzman's book, "The Jester Has Lost His Jingle," is an excellent book that teaches children and adults the importance of a positive attitude and laughter.
Jeff
The poetry of the words, the illustrations and the message of the book is loud and clear.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By cancer mom on July 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My 3-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with leukemia. On one of our stays at the hospital, I found this book to read to her. She absolutely loved it! She asked that I read it again and again. It's a great story about finding laughter and happiness inside yourself, something that a child with cancer and his/her family really needs to be able to do. I'm quite sad to have read the 'official' review by Barbara something-or-other. I think she's way off base and missing the entire point of the book - it's not about the fine drawings or perfectly metered rhyming. It's about finding something deep inside you to get you through the darkest of days.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "ccbubbless17" on March 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm 17 and my little sister who's 3 was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor and rare cancer almost 5 months ago. My Mom read this book to her in the waiting room at one of her hospital visits. A few weeks later while she was having Chemotherapy a lady came and gave each patient the Jester and Pharley Doll. Last week my Mom ordered the book, and I just got done reading it for the first time. I personally think it's a wonderful book, people take advantage of life and don't take the time to enjoy it. I definitely enjoy every day that I have my sister, she's gone through a lot and is doing well, but mostly doing well because nothing slows her down! She's a trooper and embraces every moment, 3 years old and knows so much. Every child should have this book! And as people have said, adults as well!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"The Jester Has Lost His Jingle" is an excellent children's book that fits the cliche "for children of all ages." The book clearly works and works well on its terms, teaching children about the importance of laughter and personal strength in the face of adversity. I am at a loss to explain the few negative comments that I just read about the book on this website -- the only negative comments I've ever encountered in reference to this book. If their concern is that the message is too "surface" or "simplistic," perhaps they should take note of how the story works on a subtextual level as well. The Jester -- a childlike and wide-eyed innocent -- is banished from the only world he's ever known by the King and Queen. In other words, he's sent out from his home by his parents after inexplicably finding himself no longer to please them. He finds himself on a quest not just to find laughter, but to find his self-worth and value. A parable that any child will relate to on a subconscious level. Ultimately, he finds the resiliency and strength within himself and in the world. Laughter (or anything else of value and meaning one is searching for), he discovers, is found sometime in the hardest places to look. Only then does the Jester return home to the great satisfaction of his parental figures. This marvelous story works on many levels. This is just one. As for the person who doesn't understand "the talking wood stick." It's a jester's scepter. And a perfect representation of the Jester's alter ego and inner voice. Show some imagination and intelligence.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Elim on December 20, 1999
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When I first read this book I realized what a gift it was. The story is told in rhyme and the pictures very appealing. In rereading it last night to two of my grandchildren (5 1/2 & 3 1/2) I realized how much they understood and enjoyed it. I also sensed that it is the perfect book for a friend of mine recently diagnosed with cancer. It may well provide her and her family with additional hope and pleasure. Life is precious and certainly one of the most precious aspects is laughter. Many thanks to the late David Saltzman and his parents for sharing this meaningful story with us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is an absolutely fabulous book regardless of what the two reviewers below have to say. "The Jester Has Lost His Jingle" is inspiring and motivational; encouraging us all to appreciate life and laughter. I purchased this book for my son while he was still in my belly and inscribed it, "To My Son, may you never lose your jingle because life without laughter is no life at all." In terms of this being a "politically correct" book - in a world of drive-by shootings, decaying manners and morals, road rage, hate crimes, and school-yard shootings...perhaps a little "political correctness" is not such a bad thing. After all, I would prefer my children learn to tolerate and educate themselves with a wide variety of people and ideas not shun and be filled with anger, resentment, and predjudice. As for the jester being a "ridiculous creation" - lighten up! It's a CHILDREN'S book not a documentary. Bottom line, this is a wonderful book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my nieces, and they love it. It's one of their favorite books for me to read with them. My little niece loves the artwork and likes to explain to me what is happening in the different scenes. My older niece likes to read the story to me and point out the different characters, like Pharley, the King, and the little girl. What surprized me about the book was how it prompted them, and me, to talk about how people feel, and what makes us happy and what makes us sad, how we can feel better, and the things that are important to us. Sometimes you forget how clearly and truly kids see and feel things. Reading this book with my nieces reminds me, and reminds me how precious life and laughter are.
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