C is for Ciao, An Italy Alphabet/ #PPBF

Hi Friends! 

Another week has flown by. And now we are eating chocolate ice cream trying to stay cool in hot spring weather. Recently I made my lunch from an ice cream sundae with nuts and hot fudge and whipped cream. *Yum!* 🙂 Now I find myself looking at other picture books than during the winter. More travel oriented. I would love to vacation in Italy and the picture book I chose for today was filled with fun facts about It that made me wish I had one planned for Italy.

C is for Ciao an Itally Alphabet book coverTitle: C is for Ciao, An Italy Alphabet

Author/ Illustrator: Elissa D. Godwin and Mario M. Cuomo/ Marco Ventura

Publishing info: Sleeping Bear Press / 2009 / nonfiction

Summary provided by publisher : “Each letter of the alphabet represents a topic related to Italy. Topics include: Aqueducts, Da Vinci, Florence, Montessori, the Sistine Chapel, and zabaglione. A poem introduces each letter topic and expository sidebar text provides details.”

Themes : Nonfiction, country, Italy, alphabet, Europe,

Resources: Sleeping Bear Press has their own information on this book making it the perfect resource. There is a search bar where one can look up further facts or information on Italy.

And if one is looking for the perfect teachers guide look no further than this.

Also alternately a discussion leader can ask what the students already know about Italy and expand the others knowledge about it by just talking about it Pull out a map and show where it is in relation to other countries and discuss climate and possible exports and imports. Ask about what one knows about olive oil.

Why I Love it: This is not just an alphabet book. It is a geography, history, and famous person biographies book. Yes, the alphabet is the emphasis as it describes Italy in broad detail but the sidebar gives the finer details with the fun facts. It makes the book especially interesting to a broader age range. There is also a foreword or introduction by Mario M. Cuomo. Did you know he has written nine books including other picture books? I am going to be looking these up.

I think you’ll love this book as much as I did and it just brings us to summer. It might be the subject having to do with warmer climate but it definitely made me ready for vacation.

So if you want to join other PPBF writers go look at Susanna Hill’s site for today and enjoy other reviews on her links. also you can click on Perfect Picture Books and find books categorized by theme or alphabetized. No matter which way you go it will be fun.For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books. And for her Pinterst board look here :

Also there is another blog Susanna started with alphabetizing here :

So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

XOXO

Have a Great Weekend Folks!

You can buy Edmund here! on amazon!

And Annie here! on amazon!

 

 

 

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21 Responses to C is for Ciao, An Italy Alphabet/ #PPBF

  1. Joanna says:

    This sounds absolutely fabulous, Clar. It is a concept I wish i had thought up!

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  2. When my oldest was in 4th grade we decided to “travel around the world” through books. This would have been perfect! What a way to visit a country. And a clever concept. I agree with Joanna; I wish I had thought of it!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Hi Sue!

      We are not alone!! What a wonderful idea for your family to travel to other countries in books. How thoughtful to do that with your children. 🙂

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  3. ManjuBeth says:

    I like concept books that share different places and cultures. The cover of C is for Ciao really draws readers in. Thanks for sharing!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, ManjuBeth!

      I liked the cover, too. The whole book was rich with imagery and the illustrations were numerous as there were those for the sidebars and those for the text. sometimes there were images superimposed on each other. 🙂

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  4. This is a wonderful ABC concept book about Italy really shares more information about traditions and culture. Love the idea.

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  5. I just love the ABC books from Sleeping Bear Press-they give a ton of information! This one definitely looks worth finding. Like you I dream of a trip to Italy…
    Lindsey

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Lindsey! If this is an example of what Sleeping Bear does with it”s books I want to read more of them. I will be searching for more, I think.

      Yes, we can always dream! 🙂

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  6. Darlene says:

    I love it when books teach children about other parts of the world. What a great concept. I too wish I had thought of it. Has the author written other books similar featuring other countries I wonder.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Hi Darlene!

      Good thinking! I’ll check and see if the author does have more like this. And someone said about Sleeping Bear Press doing more books like this too. I’ll be searching for sure. 🙂

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  7. This sounds like a great book before a trip overseas–but that’s me day-dreaming. I love books that introduce culture.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Hi Wendy!

      I, too, love books introducing culture and information on foreign countries. I am committed to searching for more of them. Like you, I love day dreaming of places to travel. 🙂

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  8. Sleeping Bear Press does an amazing job with these alphabet books. I read many of them and am never disappointed. I’ll have to find this one 🙂

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  9. What fun! I went to a high school that was predominantly Italian, but my friends didn’t teach me too many Italian words. I think I’d enjoy this as much as any child. 🙂

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Hi Teresa!

      I think you are right. You would enjoy this one. The side bars are so full of information it can be a travel book making one ready for a trip there. There were not too many italian words though. Mostly information of culture, cooking, traditions, famous people etc, history etc. Jam packed full of info. 🙂

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      • I will definitely look for this, Clar! I was in Italy once in 1986 and probably won’t go back, but I’d love to learn more about their culture…especially the cooking. 🙂

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