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Maya's World: Angelina of Italy

Maya's World: Angelina of Italy

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by Maya Angelou, Lizzy Rockwell

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ANGELINA LOVES PIZZA. So much so that when she hears that there is a Leaning Tower of Pisa, and mistakenly thinks it’s made of pizzas, she is so distressed that she must go see it for herself!


ANGELINA LOVES PIZZA. So much so that when she hears that there is a Leaning Tower of Pisa, and mistakenly thinks it’s made of pizzas, she is so distressed that she must go see it for herself!

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Publishers Weekly
"Let me tell you about my friend Angelina," writes Angelou at the start of this minimal, clich d story, one of four launching the Maya's World paperback series starring children from various countries. Angelina, who lives in Italy, is so enamored of pizza that her older sister calls her "Patty Pizza." When one night at dinner her uncle tells the story of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the girl envisions "a tower made of delicious, saucy pizza pies rising as tall as the church steeple down the street" and is chagrined to think that, if it fell over, "no one would ever have a chance to eat it! Especially her!" When she fails to believe her mother's assertion that the tower is not made of pizza ("Don't worry, darlinghissima," she tells Angelina), the family drives to Pisa. There with "big tears rolling down [her] cheeks" Angelina dashes past a guard and under the ropes to get a closer look at the structure. With relief, she discovers, "There wasn't a piece of pepperoni or drippy mozzarella in sight!" In the tale's predictably contrived ending, Angelina earns "a great big pizza pie with everything!" Though cheerful, Rockwell's spare illustrations are as one-dimensional as the narrative. Unfortunately, neither will satiate the appetites of youngsters hungry for information about a child from another culture. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What makes children from different countries uniquely different? Is it their physical features, connection to a vast history, or food? For the little Italian girl Angelina, it is pizza. Angelina loves pizza. In fact, she loves it so much that when she hears about the famous leaning Tower of Pisa, she believes it to be the leaning Tower of Pizza. And that is upsetting because if the leaning Tower of Pizza falls over, the pizza pies stacked on top of each other will never be eaten. "Don't worry, darlinghissima," said Angelina's mama. "The tower is made of marble and concrete and metal." But the words are not comforting to the little girl and the family leaves on a visit to Pisa. When the tower is within reach a guard keeps Angelina from getting closer. Crocodile tears fall from the distressed girl. A scuffle incurs and Angelina is finally able to see the tower up close. The illustrations are simple but favorably depict various details of Italian culture. One unique feature of the "Maya's World" series is the collectable cut-out doll printed on the flap. 2004, Random House, Ages 4 to 6.
—Robyn Gioia

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Random House Children's Books
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Maya's World Series
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

In her life, Dr. Maya Angelou has been a dancer, an actress, a director, an activist, a journalist, a teacher, and an award-winning writer. She is also a three-time Grammy Award winner for her autobiographical spoken-word recordings. She lives in Harlem, NY, and Winston-Salem, NC.

Lizzy Rockwell has written and/or illustrated 19 books for children. Lizzy lives in Norwalk, CT, with her husband, two sons, a dog, and two cats.

Brief Biography

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
April 4, 1928
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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