Knopf, 2006 (1977)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
in Italian) is a delightful tale of a character defined by a small orange square. He thinks himself so insignificant in size that he must belong to someone else or be a piece of somebody.
ezzettino sets out to find an answer, asking the same question of everyone he meets, '
Excuse me, am I perhaps your little piece?
' He visits various
, and the
. Each time, the answer is that he doesn't belong or is not a part of them. At long last, Pezzettino visits the
, who tells him to go to the
Island of Wham
. He sets off in his tiny boat for a '
rough trip on the high sea
', arriving at the island where he finds neither trees nor grass, nor any living creature.
eo Lionni, who died at age eighty-nine in 1999, is celebrated as an international designer, illustrator, and graphic artist. Born in Holland, Lionni is hailed as a '
master of the simple fable
is an oversized, graphic art book, which is sure to capture the hearts and imaginations of children everywhere. Lionni's tale is a paradigm for youngsters in a
, sending the positive message to
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