Ciao Bambino! A Child's Tour Of Italy


A young boy tells us about his family's recent vacation to Italy. He shares with us the places he went and teaches us some Italian (numbers, colors, expressions).

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will enjoy comparing their own vacation to the things our young narrator did in Italy. Bright illustrations and simple language make this a perfect companion for introducing Italian to pre-readers and emerging readers alike.

Content Awareness Factors:

After reading the author's other book, Bonjour L'Enfant, I was expecting a few more Italian words than what we had. In the story, we count to five, but there are numbers to ten in the glossary.

Little Kid Reaction

Our child zoomed right in on everything related to food: stomping grapes, ice cream (gelato), pizza, and pasta. As we read words in Italian, she would repeat them. She liked finding the teddy bear on each page.

Parent Reaction

I like that the book offers things that kids will recognize (like seashells on the beach) in addition to learning about new things. The presentation of this book will remind you of an easy reader. The sentences are short, and the illustrations help readers with words they may not know. That is a pro and a con. It makes the book useful for reading with younger children, but it is also a little more stilted.

Type of Book:
This picture book story describes a trip to Italy with vocaulary that new readers can enjoy.
Educational Themes:

Use this book to introduce some basic Italian words. You can help a child visualize in general the places they'd visit in Italy, but it does not give you specific sites.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 7
Age of child:
Read with a 6-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This book might be useful if you are introducing Italian in your home, as it has many of the same first words you would use in any language: color, numbers, basic greetings.

Title Ciao Bambino! A Child's Tour of Italy
Author Danna Troncatty Leahy
Publisher AuthorHouse © 2004
Illustrators Gabhor Utomo
ISBN 1420800825
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.25
Genres Cultures & Tradition, Geography, Europe | European People, Foreign Language | Bilingual
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