For the serious young reader - ages 6-9

This version of "Papa Piccolo" does not include the illustrations. The text itself carries the story completely...no pictures necessary for the serious young reader. This is a high level reading experience, and the quick turning pages keep the story moving.

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Papa Piccolo

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For the serious young reader - ages 6-9

This version of "Papa Piccolo" does not include the illustrations. The text itself carries the story completely...no pictures necessary for the serious young reader. This is a high level reading experience, and the quick turning pages keep the story moving.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Rich in learning possibilities
By A Customer

This book was a huge hit. We must have read it at least six times the first week. It is a great springboard to learning possibilities such as cats, adoption, fatherhood, gondolas (boats), and Italy.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cool subject matter!
By A Customer
I bought this book for my daughter and she loved it!

4.0 out of 5 stars
The kids loved Venice after reading this book.
By A. Lowry
This book really made my kids want to visit Venice. The ending made them laugh and they enjoyed it over and over again.

5.0 out of 5 stars
One of our favorite Five in a Row books!
By S. Dumas

Note the allusions to fatherhood, the language, the taste of Italy, and the sweet storyline. Lovely book for boys or girls.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Great book!
By Michele (Ohio)

My daughter and I just read this book last week. It is a great book and I'm glad to have it in our library! :)

5.0 out of 5 stars Love quality literature and/or cats?...Don't miss this book!
By Rachel

If you enjoy quality children's literature and cats, I don't think you could go wrong by purchasing this story!

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
By lookin for a bargain "mom at home"
Classic book for sure! Your kids will enjoy this over and over… mine did!

"Papa Piccolo" was awarded Finalist Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, by the American Association of University Women

"Papa Piccolo" will promote a sense of responsibility for others and explore the many different kinds of families.

Caring and Nurturing

The lion is the emblem of Venice, but the common cat rules its narrow streets and alleyways. A prince among these feline rulers is Piccolo, and what a fine life he leads! Especially after dark-when the streets are full of possibilities!

Then one night, Piccolo makes a discovery that threatens his carefree life and his independence and starts him on a new and special kind of adventure.

In these pages, you will also meet Caesar-Piccolo's older and somewhat cynical friend, and Sophia-the shoe shop cat, to whom Piccolo turns for advice when his life takes its unexpected turn. And you will meet two irresistible kittens-one spotted and one striped-who need a home and who help Piccolo discover his own tender heart.

Author Carol Talley, who first visited Venice vicariously in 1977, returned to that city-which many call the most beautiful in the world-to capture its watery magic in breathtaking prose.

Carol's enchanting descriptions of the canals, markets, crooked byways, boats, and bridges of Venice and her wise and witty portraits of its two- and four-legged citizens will delight children and adults alike.

At a time when we are recognizing the need for boys as well as girls to develop nurturing skills, Piccolo appears as a welcome model for all children.

Piccolo leads a life full of adventure and possibilities. And then two homeless kittens decide to adopt the free-spirited Piccolo. "I'm not a Papa cat," objects Piccolo. "I'm a tomcat." Children will delight in seeing how the kittens help Piccolo discover his own tender heart and a new kind of adventure.

There are colorful thumbnail sketches of Venice, Marco Polo, Italian words and phrases, Canals of Venice, Bridges of Venice, Flags of Venice, Regattas and Gondolas and Gondoliers!

The "Letter to Parents and Educators" includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story.

By adopting two homeless kittens, a tomcat in Venice embarks on the biggest adventure of his life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Piccolo is a tough, self-assured tomcat who prowls the canals of Venice, scavenging ``a bit of sardine or a scrap of cheese.'' His independent lifestyle is disrupted, however, the day two abandoned kittens decide to tag along after him. Piccolo at first tries to foist the mischievous creatures off on a neighborhood female cat, but he eventually comes to relish his role as surrogate father. Though Talley's frequently playful text conveys the worthwhile message that men can be nurturing, too, her story may strike some readers as tepid. Maeno's watercolors pleasantly detail life on the canals, with their gondolas, shimmering water and august stone buildings. The use of the Venetian setting to convey to youngsters an exotic, foreign flavor is a notable choice. But her depictions of the cats themselves, often shown in close-ups, appear somewhat flat and cartoony. Ages 5-9. July
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044550544
  • Publisher: Carol Talley
  • Publication date: 3/18/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,174,703
  • Age range: 5 - 13 Years
  • File size: 122 KB

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