Jeanette Hopkins; Stormy Mochal The Juggler

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The Juggler

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Imagine a young farmer all wiry and tan, yearning to juggle. He can toss chickens, catch doors, juggle cabbages, but he wants to do more! Through the magic of rhythm, rhyme, and color author Jeanette Hopkins and artist Stormy Mochal capture the delight young readers experience when Henri, (The Juggler) continues on his quest.

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Author of the popular book The Ladybug Waltz, Jeanette Hopkins shares her unique talents of story telling, writing and education in a fascinating story. Artist Stormy Mochal captures the story in vivid, interactive, and playful fashion.

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The Juggler is pure delight. Henri enchants as we dream with him, learn with him, overcome our fears with him and find him sharing his gift of juggling with the world. Jeanette Hopkins is an author/educator who teaches as she shares her joy of language. Illustrator Stormy Mochal has created an enchanting, richly textured and colorful world for Henri where doors are juggled, cats are jugglers and pigs really can fly. Sometimes all we need to achieve our dreams is a good teacher and "the courage to miss." Jeanette and Stormy give us both wisdom and joy in this wonderful book. A perfect book to read aloud and dream into our own lives. --Amy Robbins-Wilson, The Lullaby Lady

Children pursue the mental dexterity of counting as they pursue the physical dexterity of increasingly complex tasks. In Henri, the juggler, they meet a young farmer who aspires to an aesthetic life beyond his occupation. Using common animals and objects, he practices a skill uncommon to those in his realm. Mastery requires applied virtues: practice, perseverance, and willingness to be mentored from outside familiar boundaries. The Juggler shares an engaging story, but can cultivate life lessons as well. --Dr. James Davis, Director The Iowa Writing Project

A sweet gentle story nicely rhymed. The bold colorful illustrations show an imaginative use of collage including corduroy, paper, and wallpaper combined with embroidery. The visualization of the story is a warm marriage of text and pictures. --Arthur Geisert, illustrator of over ten awardwinning books including: Country Road ABC, Hogwash, and The Giant Ball of String

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