"The Blue Arrow" is a fantastic story about doll’s journey out of an old lady’s shop. Francesco was a boy who wanted a train so hard he would stand in front of Befana’s store and watch the train and the other dolls. The toys were moved by Francesco’s sadness and they decided to leave Befana’s store and make him … [Read more...] about The Blue Arrow
Gianni Rodari was Italian writer, born in 1920 in Omegna, a small town in northern Italy.
Although he was most famous as children's author, he started writing children's books by accident. Most of the people consider him to be the most important children's author in Italy.
First, he started working as a teacher in elementary school. But in the World War II, he decided to work as a journalist in the newspaper "L'Unita". That was when he wrote his first children's works
After 1950, he dedicated to keep writing children's books that were translated into many foreign languages, but very few in English. His famous works are: "Cipollino", "The book of children's poems", "The Blue Arrow", "Gip in the Television"...
In 1953, he married Maria Teresa Feretti and has his first and only child - daughter Paola - in 1957. The same year he became professional journalist passing the exam.
In 1970, he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. This biennial award in literature is the highest recognition to any writer of children's books.
His health declined after one trip to Russia. So, he dies in 1980 upon his return to Rome.
"Cipollino" is a special story where the author shows us the life of different animals but the main characters come from the world of plants and we can say that this is a fable. Here we keep up with the life of Cipollino (onion in Italian) and his friends Zucchini, Pear, Blueberry, Parsley, Strawberry and other who … [Read more...] about Cipollino