Great Joy

Great Joy

Book - 2007
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Just before Christmas, when Frances sees a sad-eyed organ grinder and his monkey performing near her apartment, she cannot stop thinking about them, wondering where they go at night, and wishing she could do something to help.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780763629205
Call Number: DICAMILLO
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Subjects: Sympathy -- Juvenile fiction.
Homeless persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Organ grinders -- Juvenile fiction.
Monkeys -- Juvenile fiction.
Pageants -- Juvenile fiction.
Christmas fiction
Additional Contributors: Ibatoulline, Bagram - Illustrator


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
CRRLKids Nov 30, 2015

Frances is deeply worried about the organ grinder and his monkey who stand out on the corner under her apartment day and night in the bitter cold. She reaches out to the man with a sweet and caring gesture that seems to embody the spirit of the season. Beautiful details bring the 1940s setting to life.

Dec 27, 2013

this was a lovely story - depicting one of the real aspects of Christmas - caring for others. Beautiful illustrations too. I read it to a group of 4-5 year olds and they listened well.

Nov 30, 2009

An inspiring little story. I love Dicamillo, and wasn't dissappointed.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at GCPL

To Top