Pizza in Pienzaby Susan Fillion
What do children and adults love in equal measure? Food! And what food inspires rapture in the hearts of children and adults alike? Pizza! Have your children ever asked where pizza comes from? Who invented the Pizza Margherita? How did anyone think of combining such scrumptious ingredients as mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce, and fresh-baked bread? Thanks to Pizza in
What do children and adults love in equal measure? Food! And what food inspires rapture in the hearts of children and adults alike? Pizza! Have your children ever asked where pizza comes from? Who invented the Pizza Margherita? How did anyone think of combining such scrumptious ingredients as mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce, and fresh-baked bread? Thanks to Pizza in Pienza, you and your young charges will have all the answers, in English and Italian, including a recipe for homemade pizza.
Here is the essential history of pizza, told by a charming Italian girl who lives in Pienza and whose favorite food is . . . well, you can guess it - pizza. Life in Pienza is pretty old-fashioned, and our young heroine knows everyone on the street and at the market by name. She comes home from school at midday to eat meals with her family, but in between her snack of choice is pizza, and her favorite place is Giovanni's, where Giovanni cooks pizza the old-fashioned way - in a hot brick oven heated by a wood fire. Her grandmother, of course, makes it by hand and teaches her how to make it too. Her love of pizza even leads her to the library, where our heroine learns all she can about this ancient and ever-popular food, and so do we.
Susan Fillion, author and illustrator of Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: Bringing Matisse to America, has shifted her attention from France to Italy in this wonderful book for younger readers. While children will love the vibrant illustrations and simple story of this girl and her great love, adults will be riveted by the history and challenged by the bilingual text - for what good is a history of pizza in English only? Read the Italian out loud - Chiudo gli occhi e respiro il suo caldo profumo e il suo sapore - and your mouth will really start watering.
K-Gr 3—This chatty picture book provides the pedigree and history of one of kids' favorite foods. Though the story follows the evolution of Neapolitan-style pizza-a far cry from the frozen ones many children are familiar with-readers won't fuss about the distinctions. Told from the perspective of a pizza aficionado in Pienza, Italy, the narrative is friendly and accessible, making it enjoyable to a wide audience. Each page features one or two short sentences in both English and Italian and talks about the narrator's life and her quest to learn everything she can about her favorite food. The paintings showcase Fillion's compositions, which are evocative of Matisse's use of flattened perspective, bold outlines, and impressionistic swipes of color. In addition to the story, there is a wealth of information available, including an author's note, an Italian pronunciation guide, detailed history of pizza, and the author's recipe for Pizza Margherita. This is a good choice for general purchase due to the pleasant presentation and popular topic.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, White Bear Lake, MN
Both tasty and just filling enough, just like a slice of pizza Margherita. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
- Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
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- 8.80(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
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- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Susan Fillion is an artist and museum educator in Baltimore. After majoring in studio art and French at Middlebury College, she spent a year in Italy, learning Italian and studying art history. Pienza, a somewhat off-the-beaten-track town in Tuscany, became a favorite spot, eventually inspiring this bilingual tale of life and pizza in an Italian village.
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