The Clown of God: An Old Story

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1978 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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In this retelling of the old French legend, a juggler offers to the Christ Child the only Christmas gift he has. “The full-color pictures with subtle tonal modulations are an integral part of the design of the lumious pages full of movement and vitality. The Italianate aspects of the setting are beautifully realized.”--The Horn Book

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User Review  - AudreyLast - LibraryThing

This book was actually a big surprise for me. I think it has a lot of religious influence and a strong message. The illustrations really give a lot to the story. It shows how Giovanni grows with age ... Read full review

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User Review  - fashionablyloud1 - LibraryThing

One of my favorite authors growing up, my son too! When reading any Tomie de Paola it is even more entertaining with an Italian accent! The rhymes are fun & catchy, melodic to my 2 year old! Reading this story at breakfast time always makes for a happy day! Read full review

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Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut on September 15, 1934. He received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1956, a M.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1969, and a doctoral equivalency from Lone Mountain College in 1970. He has written and/or illustrated more than 200 books including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure. His murals and paintings can be seen in many churches and monasteries throughout New England. He has designed greeting cards, magazine and record album covers, and theater sets. His work is shown in galleries and museums.

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