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Pezzettino    by Leo Lionni order for
by Leo Lionni
Order:  USA  Can
Knopf, 2006 (1977)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Pezzettino (little piece 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.

Pezzettino 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 big characters: one-who-runs, strong-one, swimming- one, one-on-the-mountain, and the flying-one. Each time, the answer is that he doesn't belong or is not a part of them. At long last, Pezzettino visits the wise-one, 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.

Leo 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'. Pezzettino 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 big world, sending the positive message to be yourself.

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