The Jester Has Lost His Jingle

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Jester Company, Jan 1, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 64 pages
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An appealing, uplifting story about laughter, told in bouncy rhyme that captures the imagination of children and adults of every age. A captivating Spanish translation in rhyme by Natalia Aurrecoechea realizes the creative rhythm of the original English in this bilingual English/Spanish edition. The zingy translation makes it a delight for children learning Spanish and those learning English.

Bright, full-color, imaginative illustrations on every page add dimension to this involving tale of a Jester and his scepter Pharley looking everywhere for the laughter that eluded them in the King's court. This N.Y. Times best-selling picture book takes The Jester & Pharley to unexpected places where they hope laughter lurks – the hot desert, snow-covered mountains, steep tree-dotted cliffs, flower-filled meadows, under the sea, deep in the heavens, in a grim city where no one smiles and everyone seems miserable.

But The Jester & Pharley refuse to give up. They can't imagine a world without laughter. Outside a hospital, The Jester reminds Pharley that: It's up to us to make a difference. It's up to us to care. When they meet a little girl who says she just feels like crying because she's been ill, The Jester says: Whenever I feel like crying, I smile hard instead. I turn my sadness upside down and stand it on its head. Soon, the little girl laughs again and with her, The Jester & Pharley discover the secret: Remember where laughter's hiding. It's hiding inside of you!

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User Review  - ergreenb - LibraryThing

This is a book I read a lot when I was younger. It is fun for children to read because of the rhyming scheme, and it is filled with color and nice illustrations. It is about being able to laugh even ... Read full review

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User Review  - langerer - LibraryThing

This book begins with the Jester arriving to the King's court to make the people laugh. However, nobody laughs and the King banishes him from the kingdom. The Jester is then determined to find out ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

David Saltzman graduated magna cum laude as an English and art major from Yale University in 1989, receiving the David Everett Chantler Award as the senior who throughout his college career best exemplified the qualities of courage and strength of character and high moral purpose.

During his senior year at Yale, David was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. For the next year-and-a-half, he kept a comprehensive journal of his thoughts and drawings while completing The Jester Has Lost His Jingle and other stories.

In his journal, David wrote: The best we can do is live life, enjoy it and know it is meant to be enjoyed – know how important and special every time…moment…person is. And at the end of the day say, I have enjoyed it, I have really lived the moment. That is all. All is that. Is. Is is such a powerful word. It's not was or will be. It is IS: Is is alive.

David died on March 2, 1990, 11 days before his 23rd birthday.

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