So much you can do with this book.


It is the Renaissance in Florence, Italy. A time when artists and craftsmen were celebrated for their great works. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore needed a dome that reflected the spirit of the day, so the city fathers held a contest. The winner would build the dome. Filippo Bruneschelli, an inventor and craftsman, jumped at the chance to compete. Finally, he would be recognized as the brilliant man he was. He would no longer be called a fool. The city fathers loved his idea. But when he would not share the details, they eliminated him from the contest. Pippo was crushed ... why couldn't everyone see his genius? He had a plan: he would create a model of his masterpiece. Would it be enough to win over the judges?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Pippo the Fool makes it fun and easy to introduce history to kids. The author's efforts to create recognizable characters will engage audiences in the story.

Content Awareness Factors:


Parent Reaction

Bravo! This is an exceptional book. Although the tale is fictional, the story is built on historical fact. Together, the author and illustrator have done a masterful job presenting the Renaissance in a way that has meaning to young readers. The interaction among the characters - particularly Lorenzo and Pippo - layer this period piece with timeless themes of jealousy, fairness, and integrity. The story makes this a nice candidate for remedial readers who want/need more sophisticated content.

Type of Book:
This picture book tells the story of Filippo Brunelleschi and the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Educational Themes:

There is so much you can do with this story. The Renaissance is filled with people like Filippo Brunellieshi who explored all aspects of culture and art. There is a list of resources in the back that can guide you in exploring more about the Renaissance, architecture, and many of the celebrated people kids have heard but know little about.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a definite must for the elementary and public libraries. It makes the Renaissance accessible to kids both in its storytelling and in its imagery.

Title Pippo the Fool
Author Tracey Fern
Publisher Charlesbridge © 2009
Illustrators Pau Estrada
ISBN 9781570916557
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Historical Fiction, Architecture
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