Nino The story of the simple pleasures and hard work of an Italian family living around in a small village Based upon the author s childhood

  • Title: Nino
  • Author: Valenti Angelo
  • ISBN: 9780670513970
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The story of the simple pleasures and hard work of an Italian family, living around 1900 in a small village Based upon the author s childhood.

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    1. What a sweetly poetic story! Informative, gentle, and Nino's artistic visual nature is certainly and glowingly presented, often in direct contrast to the more mundane (but equally endearing) nature of his best friend Julio, who seems to always be hungry, is more mischievous than Nino, but is also very musical. I love the gentle and supportive family and neighbourhood atmosphere, and that early 20th century rural Italian life is so lovingly and descriptively depicted, albeit perhaps somewhat nost [...]

    2. For heaven's sake, why would you leave a prosperous farm to live in, surely, a tenement in New York City? I know I idealize (and idolize) an Italian peasant existence, but damn, not without reason. The book mentions Viareggio, putting the farm near the coast in the north. They grow corn and olives, eat risotto and polenta, goat's cheese and lamb, chestnuts and wine. Bliss. But off they go to America: another bit of propaganda. Of course, as a children's book it glosses over political and economi [...]

    3. ItalyA charming book full of the ordinary realities of Italian village life. The inclusion of the village's Catholic activities are welcome, showing how religion was entwined with all aspects of life. I learned that Angelo himself was an altar boy, so the detailed descriptions of the Mass are accurate. The illustrations are lovely - Angelo was an artist, first and foremost. We have May Massee of Viking to thank for his writing, which is simple and straightforward, communicating well. I look forw [...]

    4. I finally got a chance to read this Newbery Honor book and I did enjoy it. It reminded me much of Dobry, a quiet story of a happy boyhood in the Old Country. But of course Valenti Angelo's book is autobiographical: catholicauthors/angelo.But, no, I cannot guess why the father went to America. I find no evidence he would have been an activist escaping persecution or anything like that, as there was no revolution or civil war at the time. The family was one of the more comfortable in the village, [...]

    5. I loved Angelo's illustrations of village life in Italy. Life in 1900 Italy is undoubtedly idealized, but I don't hold anything against the book because of that. It's a beautiful book that, for me, calls to mind Laura Ingalls Wilder in its portrayal of the simple pleasures of rural life. Angelo's nostalgic feeling for a time now past in Italy comes through strongly. I recommend this book, but only for a certain type of reader with special interests. I can't think of many children off-hand in my [...]

    6. This is a story about a young boy, Nino, his mother, his grandfather, and their close friends/neighbors the Ditto family. In this book we get a glimpse of the life of well-to-do peasants from a small village in the hills somewhere in Italy around 1910-ish. The father lives and works in America. The book mostly covers important cultural events - the Spring fair, Easter, Christmas, and the like. It was okay, but I really liked the last chapter. Tied everything together with the culture here in Ame [...]

    7. Interesting look at life in Italy - family life as little Nino grows up. His father is off working in the U.S.This is still a timely and interesting story.

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