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The Clown of God Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 6, 1978
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In this retelling of the old French legend, a juggler offers to the Christ Child the only Christmas gift he has. “The full-color pictures with subtle tonal modulations are an integral part of the design of the lumious pages full of movement and vitality. The Italianate aspects of the setting are beautifully realized."
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This is a simple, yet poignant retelling of an old folktale...and the beautiful pictures bring the story to life. The children who hear it always want me to read it again. What a lovely story to read during the Christmas season...or any time of the year.
This is a book that belongs on every young child's bookshelf.
Author of Show Me How! Build Your Child's Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking
The pictures are simple and reflect the simple nature of the story without overwhelming the words and meaning. De Paola has fashioned this story more than adequately.
As to its meaning? Well, a good story never has just one meaning and each time I read The Clown of God, something that was once hidden is revealed, even if just for a moment. Perhaps what is so captivating is the possibility that God delights even in something as a person who is a skillful juggler. God delights in people expressing the beauty of who they are, even in old age when everyone else ignores them or derides them.
A timeless classic which will remain on my shelves, and be shared with as many as possible, child and adult, for many years to come.