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Review: I, Gallileo-Italy with children

Review: I, Gallileo-Italy with children

“Imagine a world with no clocks, thermometers, or telescopes.  A world where everyone believes the earth stands still as the enormous sun travels around it once each day.”  With this opening, I, Galileo sets the stage for the story of the person Albert Einstein called “the father of modern science.”  Told in the first person, a blind and...

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Review: Leonardo Beautiful Dreamer-Italy with children

Review: Leonardo Beautiful Dreamer-Italy with children

“The love of anything is the fruit of our knowledge of it, and grows as our knowledge deepens.” Leonardo daVinci.  Leonardo: Beautiful Dreamer is full of information and a great resource for any child traveling to Italy or interested in Leonardo daVinci.  The endpieces are full of quotes from daVinci as the story opens with a child lying in a cradle...

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Review: Orani: My Father’s Village-Sardinia with children

Review: Orani: My Father’s Village-Sardinia with children

“In a sea of breathtaking blue, where dolphins leaped and plunged in play, lay an island.” The opening line draws you into the author’s childhood adventures in Sardinia where her father was born, and the differences between the town and her home in New York City.  After hour after hour of travel (there are definitely times when travel seems...

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Review: Strega Nona-Italy with children

Review: Strega Nona-Italy with children

“In a town in Calabria, a long time ago, there lived an old lady called Strega Nona, which meant “Grandma Witch.”  Strega Nona is one of those magical people who can do anything, “even the priest and the sisters of the convent went, because Strega Nona did  have a magic touch.” In Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola everything was going well...

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Review: Dodsworth in Rome-Italy with children

Review: Dodsworth in Rome-Italy with children

“‘Where are you going?’ asked Dodsworth.  ‘You said roam,’ said the duck, ‘so I’m roaming.’ ‘I meant, Rome, Italy,’ said Dosworth…The duck paused for a moment.  ‘I knew that,’ he said.” The adventures in Dodsworth in Rome arise from the duck’s misunderstandings and confusion in...

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