This illustrated story has been designed for bilingual children and others wishing to read a parallel text in English and Italian. For ease of understanding, the languages are displayed together just one or two sentences at a time.
The aim was to make the translation as direct as possible but always using everyday language of native speakers.
Basil, Rosemary and the Pansy sisters are lively, chatty little plants. They think they know some stuff, but when it comes to this animal, they know nothing. One wild assumption leads to another and gets them into big trouble.
Excerpt from the story
Basil, Rosemary and the Pansy sisters lived together in a bright orange flowerpot. The pot sat on a windowsill outside the zoo's cafe.
Basilico, Rosmarina e le Sorelle Viola vivevano tutte insieme in un vaso da fiori color arancio brillante. Il vaso si trovava sul davanzale di una finestra del caffè dello zoo.
In front of the plants was a black road painted with white stripes. Visitors who came to the zoo walked over the white stripes when they crossed the road.
Di fronte alle piante c’era una strada nera dipinta con strisce bianche. Coloro che visitavano lo zoo camminavano sulle strisce bianche quando attraversavano la strada.