author: Kate DiCamillo
illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline
It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on the street corner outside Francesís apartment. Frances can see them from her window and, sometimes, when itís quiet, she can hear their music. In fact, Frances canít stop thinking about them, especially after she sees the man and his monkey sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and itís Francesís turn to speak, everyone waits silently. But all Frances can think about is the organ grinderís sad eyes -- until, just in time, she finds the perfect words to share. Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo pairs once again with acclaimed artist Bagram Ibatoulline as she presents a timeless story of compassion and joy.
In her first picture book, Americaís beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo reunites with Bagram Ibatoulline to offer readers an unforgettable holiday gift.