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Great Joy
By Kate Dicamillo
Illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline
Publisher Candlewick Press

"Behold! I bring you tidings of Great Joy!" That was Frances' one line in the church Christmas play, but she couldn't say it because it was more than just a line in a play; it was an announcement that needed to be heard by someone special. Kate DiCamillo's message that until a door is opened into a community for us, we're all outsiders, is told through the experiences of a little girl. Frances opens a door for one sad stranger to her own church community and helps him find joy in the season of joy. This softly-hued picture book will point readers to look to the needs of others. Frances' expressive face reveals her perceptions as she sees things in ways that her mother doesn't. Great Joy offers readers the encouragement to reach outside themselves this Christmas.


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