papa piccolo

Summary:

Piccolo the tomcat enjoyed his life along the canals of Venice, and he certainly didn't want two young kittens slowing him down! When the kittens went missing, Piccolo began to realize that maybe he was wrong, and he DID have something to share.

Educational Themes:

The story has several layers: parenting, orphans, and adoption; caring for others and sharing one's strengths; and geography and exploration.

Reading Level:
3.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 4-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
This could go either way. If you're looking for a book to celebrate Dad's love, definitely pick this one for your library! If you're not sure about the adoption element, borrow it first.
Little Kid Reaction:

S/He sat at quiet attention, taking in the whole story. This became a request for several days running.

Big Kid Reaction:

This story about fatherhood (in this case as a single parent) is a nice change … and an opportunity for Dad to take center stage! The venue--the canals of Venice--complemented the story well.

Pros:

The illustrations are great, and offer wonderful segways from the text itself for "exploring" Venice. The themes are layered well; with the author keeping them light and enjoyable.

Cons:

None.


Title Papa Piccolo
About
Author Carol Talley
Publisher MARSHMedia © 1992
Illustrators Itoko Maeno
ISBN 1559420286
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Animal Characters, Family - Adoption, Family, Picture Book
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