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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Little Jester (The)
by Helena Olafsson
Age Range: 6-8
One evening, a boy jester arrives at a French monastery where he seeks food and
shelter. After he has been well fed, he decides to thank the Monks by giving them
a performance. He begins to juggle and dance and soon has them all laughing
heartily. Investigating the noise, the Abbot is about to throw the jester out for
disrespectful behaviour. But the monks notice that something wonderful has
happened to their picture of the Madonna, and it is nothing less than a miracle!
A vibrant picture book by Helena Olofsson with stunning watercolour illustrations blending medieval and modern pictorial language in this warm-hearted story about the power of laughter.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)