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Peppe's father is upset when he learns that Peppe has taken a job lighting the gas...
Peppe's father is upset when he learns that Peppe has taken a job lighting the gas street lamps in his New York City neighborhood.
Posted October 17, 2006
Caldecott, A memorable celebration of Italian-American history. The story takes place 'a long time ago when there was no electricity and the street lamps in Little Italy had to be lit by hand.' The hero of the book is Peppe, who lives with his widowed father and sisters in a tenement. Peppe's decision to get a job as a lamplighter leads to conflict between Peppe and his father. This was enjoyable book and I would recommend it. Bibliography Bartone, Elisa. Peppe The Lamplighter. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1993.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2006
Peppe is a little Italian boy who moves to America with his sick father and his eight sisters. No one in Peppe¿s family has a job and they have no money. Although he is young, Peppe, sets out to find a job in Little Italy. After being turned away by everyone, Domenico, the lamplighter, offers Peppe an opportunity to light the streetlamps for him while he¿s away. Peppe graciously accepts the offer and runs home to tell his family. When Peppe tells his papa about his new job, Papa becomes very angry. ¿Did I come to America for my son to light the streetlamps?¿ Peppe was very sad and his sisters tell him not to worry that Papa is only sick and doesn¿t know what he¿s saying. Each night Peppe continues to light the lamps until one evening Papa says to him, ¿You¿ll belong to the streets!¿ Peppe cried on the front steps and decided not to light the lamps anymore. Without Peppe, the streets of Little Italy were dark and the people were asking, ¿Where is Peppe the Lamplighter?¿ That very night, Peppe¿s little sister doesn¿t come home. Will Peppe¿s father realize that his son¿s job is important after all?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2001
A father's pride. A son's shame. A beloved little sister. A family in poverty at the turn of the century. These elements weave together to form a tale of a father coping with a new country and a new culture, and the important lesson he learns from his son. One of my favorite books of all time!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.