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Book Title: Anno's Italy|
Edition: Philomel Books
Date of issue: March 23rd 1984
ISBN 13: 9780399210327
The author of the book: Mitsumasa Anno
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 519 KB
Read full description of the books Anno's Italy:I read this wordless book with my eight-year old son. It is a glorious journey of imagination, packed with tiny detail that can be explored over and over again.Starting in beautiful wide empty (Tuscan?) countryside, a man mounts a horse and rides through villages, workplaces, to small towns and finally a large Italian city before winding his way out through fields again to the sea. The double page spreads move from scenes of simple artisans and farmers working in sheds and fields, women sitting outside houses and tiny figures moving through huge empty countryside to vibrant cities bustling with parades, church congregations, crowds and street theatre. There are stories to be found in the life displayed: why is that woman so angry with the man? What are those three shifty people planning to do? There is no central narrative, however, though there is progression, and no intructions of what to 'do' with the book. In every scene one tends first to look for the man on his journey,quietly riding without involvement, but there are also many jokes and references to be found: Pinocchio runs out of a house door,Marilyn Monroe holds her skirt down, Michaelangelo's Pieta sits in a street market,the hare sleeps on some alley steps while the tortoise mounts them doggedly, Cinderella runs down a grand Florentine staircase. References come from all over history and time, and modern-day people mingle with those of Renaissance italy. The story of Christ, from his birth in a stable to the crucifixion is a quietly recurring motif, but just one further set of images among many. There is no list of things to spot, so we can never know if we've found all the references it contains.Every time we seem to find something new, whether it's a sly reference to an old story or a small joke. I've read this with my children from the age of threeupwards, and it still holds value for those days when my youngest son likes to be small.
Read information about the authorMitsumasa Anno (born March 20, 1926) is a Japanese illustrator and writer of children's books, known best for picture books with few or no words. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1984 for his "lasting contribution to children's literature".
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