The Jester Has Lost His Jingle


The King was angry. He didn't want to laugh. When the Jester failed to change the King's mood, he was banished. Quickly, the Jester realized that laughter was gone. So he and Pharley went on a world-wide search to find it. With the help of a young girl, the Jester learns a very important lesson.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Warm colors and great rhyme combine flawlessly in this picture book that gently reminds everyone about the power of positive action/thought.

Content Awareness Factors:

Absolutely none.

Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter has been looking at the pictures in this book for month, discovering the story in her own way. When we sat to read the book together, she had lots of questions and thoughts about what she saw and heard.

Parent Reaction

This is one of those stories you need to pull out every couple weeks, just to remind you (the adult) to laugh! It is fun to read, and even more fun to share. David Saltzman's story makes the book even more powerful.

Type of Book:
This picture book journey reveals the secret of where laughter and joy come from.
Educational Themes:

The book offers something for pre-readers and independent readers alike: the power of positive thinking; compassion; the importance of laughter; being true to yourself, among others. The story creates a number of ways for bringing the story to life at home or with others in your community.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 9
Age of child:
Shared with 6-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a story that everyone can enjoy. It will help on those "rainy days" that seem to cloud our view sometimes.

Title The Jester Has Lost His Jingle
Author David Saltzman
Publisher The Jester Company © 1995
Illustrators David Saltzman
ISBN 9780964456303
Material Hard Cover
Cost $20.00
Genres Poetry, Fantasy, Death and Loss, Health & Wellness
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