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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich in learning possibilities, April 4, 2000
By A Customer
The illustrations are very eye catching for young children. My 5 yo child enjoyed learning about Italy. She was interested to learn more about why a city would have streets of water. This book was a huge hit. We must have read this book at least six times the first week after getting it.
This book is a great springboard to learning possibilities such as cats, adoption, fatherhood, gondolas (boats), and Italy. I'm glad to have this book as part of our home library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool subject matter! December 1, 2003
I bought this book for my daughter and she loved it! And I found an adult companion book on Amazon: "Chats de Venise" by Robert de Laroche, that I loved, but it turned out to be handy with her, because I could show her the pictures of the real cats in Venice, like Papa Piccolo and his "found" kittens!!
4.0 out of 5 stars The kids loved Venice after reading this book..., February 17, 2010
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We read this book as part of the Five in A Row unit studies. This book really made my kids want to visit Venice. The ending made them laugh and they enjoyed the end over and over again.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorite Five in a Row books!, December 10, 2009
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We used this book as part of a literature curriculum called Five in a Row. It was one of our favorites. Note the art, the allusions to fatherhood, the language, the taste of Italy, and the sweet storyline. Lovely book for boys or girls.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, February 2, 2007
My daughter and I just read this book last week. It is a great book and I'm glad to have it in our library! :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Love quality literature and/or cats?...Don't miss this book!, October 23, 2011
If you have a child who loves cats as much as my son...a lot...then I definitely recommend this book! It is a very sweet story with nice illustrations as well. We read it five days in a row (as part of our homeschool curriculum) and he still requests it just for fun. If you enjoy quality children's literature and cats, I don't think you could go wrong by purchasing this story!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! August 19, 2010
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Classic book for sure! Your kids will enjoy this over and over.. mine did.
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Fully Illustrated Version
Picture Book for reading with the younger child - ages 3-6
This version of PAPA PICCOLO includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.
PAPA PICCOLO will promote a sense of responsibility for others and explore the many different kinds of families.
CARING AND NURTURING
The lion is the emblem of Venice, but the common cat rules its narrow streets and alleyways. A prince among these feline rulers is Piccolo, and what a fine life he leads! Especially after dark-when the streets are full of possibilities!
Then one night, Piccolo makes a discovery that threatens his carefree life and his independence and starts him on a new and special kind of adventure.
In these pages, you will also meet Caesar-Piccolo's older and somewhat cynical friend, and Sophia-the shoe shop cat, to whom Piccolo turns for advice when his life takes its unexpected turn. And you will meet two irresistible kittens-one spotted and one striped-who need a home and who help Piccolo discover his own tender heart.
Author Carol Talley, who first visited Venice vicariously in 1977, returned to that city-which many call the most beautiful in the world-to capture its watery magic in breathtaking prose.
Illustrator Itoko Maeno's enchanting renderings of the canals, markets, crooked byways, boats, and bridges of Venice and her wise and witty portraits of its two- and four-legged citizens will delight children and adults alike.
At a time when we are recognizing the need for boys as well as girls to develop nurturing skills, Piccolo appears as a welcome model for all children.
Piccolo leads a life full of adventure and possibilities. And then two homeless kittens decide to adopt the free-spirited Piccolo. "I'm not a Papa cat," objects Piccolo. "I'm a tomcat." Children will delight in seeing how the kittens help Piccolo discover his own tender heart and a new kind of adventure.
A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information"
A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...that "Papas" as well as "Mamas," can be the most nurturing and caring parents! So even though on the surface, this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.
MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION
If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…
If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…
If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…
Then this is the eBook for your children ages 3-9.
Read WITH your children, discuss the concept and message…
and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.
(signed) The Thoughtful Parent
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