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The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
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Sep 09, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2008, all-ages, children, classic, hagiography, holiday, young-children
Recommended to booklady by: Krista the Krazy Kataloguer Hartman
Recommended for: Everyone!
Read in August, 2008

"The Juggler of Notre Dame" is my daughters favorite Christmas movie so I was really excited to read this book and discover that it's the children's version of the French legend told by Anatole France. In The Clown of God an aging juggler thinks he has nothing left to offer God. The admiring crowds and delighted audiences have been replaced with homelessness and hunger. Although this was a story told and retold by storytellers of the Middle Ages, it's as relevant and alive today as it ever was.

Tomie dePaola has meticulously researched and recreated this poignant tale of giving -- whatever we have to give being what God values most -- and miracles. It's one of those books for the child in all of us. Beautiful!

Thank you Krista for the recommendation!
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