author: Kate DiCamillo
illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline
A NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller
A TIME MAGAZINE Top 10 Book of the Year
Four starred reviews (BOOKLIST, KIRKUS REVIEWS, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL)
It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on
the street outside Francesís apartment. When itís quiet she can hear their music, and when she looks out her window at midnight, she sees them sleeping outside. Finally the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, but when itís Francesís turn to speak, all she can think about is the organ grinderís sad eyes--until a door opens just in time, and she finds the perfect words to share. With this luminous tale, Kate DiCamillo pairs with Bagram Ibatoulline to offer a timeless holiday gift.
"Newbery Medalist DiCamillo spins a tale of compassion and holiday warmth."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review) (Ages 4-8)