This is a lovely, accessible, story about goodwill, compassion and the real moral meaning of Christmas, told in a simple but engaging way.
The illustrations are gloriously traditional without being twee (in fact, the reminded me of Shirley Hughes most).
The text refers to a nativity play but not to the Christian story itself, so would be suitable for all but the most religious and most anti-religious families.
Recommended for primary-school children aged approximately 5 to 7.
Great Joy Hardcover – Picture Book, 1 November 2017
- Publisher : CWP (1 November 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763649961
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763649968
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Dimensions : 19.3 x 0.89 x 22.23 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 249,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux , winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie , a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising , a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Four StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2018
This wee story is so beautifully illustrated. I just wished that there was more of the story!
Beautiful bookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 December 2015
Perfect Christmas book. The story and the illustrations are superb
Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 September 2016
Beautifully written story, with gorgeous pictures. A real treasure!
This remains one of our favorite Christmas books...Reviewed in Germany on 9 September 2017
... as it conveys the true meaning of Christmas and the illsutrations are wonderful! Wonderful for young and old! Must-own! Discovered it in our loca library in German.