Celebrity Endorsements  

"Our lives briefly touched. But I remember him among all the eager, talented young people I've bumped into along the way. I remember the face - the enthusiasm - the intelligence and unaffected extraordinariness of David Saltzman. It is difficult to remember all the bright, promising youngsters. It is easy to remember David.

That he died before his 23rd birthday is a tragedy beyond words. That he managed through his harrowing ordeal to produce a picture book so brimming with promise and strength, so full of high spirits, sheer courage and humor is nothing short of a miracle. Even the rough patches that David the artist would surely have set to right had he been given the time become all the more precious for the wild light they shed on his urgent, exploding talent.

David was a natural craftsman and storyteller. His passionate picture book is issued out of a passionate heart. David's Jester soars with life."
Maurice Sendak, author-artist


"'The Jester Has Lost His Jingle' is a magical story that captures the healing power of laughter."
Carol Burnett, entertainer

"David's book gives us a lot to think about. It has certainly done that for me."
Charles Schulz, creator of "Peanuts"

"I defy you to read the ending without a smile crossing your face. I should leave such a legacy."
Erma Bombeck, columnist and author

"Thank you for making 'The Jester Has Lost His Jingle' available to those of us who care about the emotional well-being of children. During my school and hospital visits around California, I am able to personally witness how David Saltzman's heart-warming story brings smiles to children for whom life presents myriad challenges. The book as well as David's story inspires people of all ages to live life to the fullest.

As part of my commitment to literacy and children at-risk, I seek out inventive books that teach children a vital self-empowering message. 'The Jester Has Lost His Jingle' provides a warm, inviting way to remind children that no matter may befall them, laughter always resides inside.I commend your literacy and outreach programs that creatively encourage children to read and help others while simultaneously helping them develop a sense of empathy and building a positive lifetime pattern of reading.

Thank you for bringing David's message to so many children who need an outlet from their difficulties. I wish you every success in bringing the book to thousands more who will benefit from it as well."
Sharon Davis
Former First Lady of California

"A sweet fable about a cheerful soul who temporarily loses faith in himself, but ultimately reaffirms his true calling- helping others discover the joy within themselves. Read it and smile."
Garry Trudeau, creator of Doonesbury"
"This is one of the sweetest books I have ever read in my life. It's a beautiful story. It will be a blessing in somebody's life."

Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host, Today Show
"The Jester and Pharley are extraordinary
characters, at once, poignant and humorous.
The Jester's message of laughter and joy is welcome."

Faith Hubley, Yale School of Art and Academy Award-Winning Animator

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