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Pezzettino
     

Pezzettino

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by Leo Lionni
 

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A classic fable about the search for identity, from Caldecott Honor winning picture book creator Leo Lionni.

Pezzettino lives in a world in which everyone is big and does daring and wonderful things. But he is small, just a “little piece,” which is the meaning of pezzettino in Italian. “I must be a piece of somebody. I must belong to

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A classic fable about the search for identity, from Caldecott Honor winning picture book creator Leo Lionni.

Pezzettino lives in a world in which everyone is big and does daring and wonderful things. But he is small, just a “little piece,” which is the meaning of pezzettino in Italian. “I must be a piece of somebody. I must belong to someone else,” he thinks. How Pezzettino learns that he belongs to no one but himself is the joyous and satisfying conclusion to this beautiful mosaic style picture book.

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“First published in 1975 and out of print for many years, Pezzettino, by the late legendary children's book author and artist Lionni, returns to charm a new generation of kids.” —Child Magazine
First published in 1975 and out of print for many years, Pezzettino, by the late legendary children's book author and artist Lionni, returns to charm a new generation of kids. In this tale, the main character is, amazingly, an orange square. Dazzled by his bigger, multicolored peers, Pezzettino feels incomplete: "He was small and surely must be a little piece of somebody else." But never fear-after fruitlessly trying to fit in with his flashier counterparts, the little square discovers he is whole just as he is. (ages 4 to 8)
The February 2006 issue of Child magazine
Children's Literature
Pezzettino (Little Piece in Italian) is so small that he is sure he must be a missing piece of someone else. He begins his journey to find out by asking "the one-who-runs" if, perhaps, he should be a part of him. "The one-who-runs" assures Pezzettino that he could not run if a piece was missing. Pezzettino continues his search, asking the same question of "the strong one," "the swimming-one," "the one-on-the-mountain," and others. The replies are all the same. Finally Pezzettino approaches "the wise-one," who advises him to go to the Island of Wham. When he arrives, he is surprised to find only heaps and heaps of pebbles. Nothing else. He climbs and searches until he falls and breaks into many small pieces. As he puts himself back together, he realizes that he, like all the others, is actually composed of many small pieces and that he is whole and complete unto himself. Lionni's classic fable of self-discovery features his signature collage illustrations. Each creature is composed of many small squares of different colors. Pezzettino is depicted as one small orange square. The reissue of this timeless tale makes it accessible for another generation of young children. 2006 (orig. 1975), Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 3 to 8.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394831565
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/24/2006
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
643,649
Product dimensions:
9.15(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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Pezzettino 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
momm3SM More than 1 year ago
lionni always has a good message in his stories. in this one a "piece" is trying to figure out what he is a part of. a good tale that helps us grasp the idea of belonging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am 18 and i went to the children's section and chose this book to read at random, i loved the way it was so enlightening and joyous. i loved it so much that whenever i went to barnes and noble with one of my friends, i insisted on reading the whole book to each friend. i am definetly buying this book and saving it for my future children so i can read it to them.