Alegría Plena (Paperback)

By Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763658861, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

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"With spot-on storytelling rhythms and pacing, Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sumergidos en un anochecer rojizo de invierno, un organillero y su mono aparecen en la esquina de la calle de Francisca. La niña se preocupa al ver que el hombre y el mono siguen en la calle muy tarde por la noche. Llega el día de la representación navideña y cuando le toca hablar a Francisca, no puede pensar en otra cosa que en los ojos tristes del organillero . . . hasta que justo a tiempo, encuentra las palabras perfectas para compartir.

En su primer libro ilustrado, la autora Kate DiCamillo, ganadora de la medalla Newbery, se une a Bagram Ibatoulline para compartir una luminosa historia de navidad, centrada en el secreto milagroso y poderoso de la alegría

Frances can’t stop thinking about the organ grinder and monkey on the corner, especially after she sees them sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it’s Frances’s turn to speak, all Frances can think about is the organ grinder’s sad eyes-until, just in time, she finds the perfect words to share. Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline present a timeless story of compassion and joy.

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, winner of a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award; THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, winner of the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, a Newbery Honor winner; THE TIGER RISING, a National Book Award Finalist; and four books starring Mercy Watson, including a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. She lives in Minneapolis.

Bagram Ibatoulline is the illustrator of THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, as well as THE SERPENT CAME TO GLOUCESTER by M. T. Anderson, HANA IN THE TIME OF THE TULIPS by Deborah Noyes, THE ANIMAL HEDGE by Paul Fleischman, THE NIGHTINGALE retold by Stephen Mitchell, and CROSSING by Philip Booth. He lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.

Praise For Alegría Plena

The plotline is simplicity itself, and the text lacks any sentimentality or fluff, allowing the acrylic paintings, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell's work in their warmth and realism, to enrich and expand the story.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Ibatoulline's evocative artowkr moves [the story] to a higher level. The setting is the 1940s, and the art captures the time beautifully.
—Booklist (starred review)

This simple but powerful story will indeed bring the reader great joy.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)