This book is about a small town boy who learns the value of friendship. A medieval, Italian town named Roseto serves as the backdrop. The beautiful and colourful illustrations – all done in paper collage style – depict different parts of the town and journey. Although, the story unfolds in a different time and place, the message is universal and timeless.
About the Author:
Mary Feliciani is a Canadian author, independent publisher and former elementary school teacher. She attended UTM where she studied psychology and still lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Mary’s background in psychology, work with children and passionate interest in the human condition, which stems back as far as she can remember, are all evident in her writing.
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The Magic Leaf
A beautiful picture book with bright. colorful drawings. A clever story with a nice message and perfect for shared reading with a child.
Friendship + Italy, What's not to Love?
A timeless story of the true meaning of friendship set in medieval Italy.
How I love Italy. Friends are pretty good, too. And the title, THE MAGIC LEAF completely swept me away.
And so the begins, wrapping me in the world of Carlo, a young boy living in a small, medieval town (Roseto) in Italy. He lives in a shared/apartment home with thick walls (to keep the blistering heat out) and walks everywhere on the winding cobblestone roads, hearing the bells tolls in the morning and after school...yet he's lonely in the sense that he needs a friend. My only complaint is that the story, while fairly simple in nature, stretched out a little long in some areas, in which young children *may* drift. They may also need some things explained (like what exactly *is* a medieval town?)
I loved the illustrations, the simple yet soothing prose and so much more. Truly a wonderful message for young and old alike, a great book to share with a special little person, and one that teaches that the true magic of friendship comes from within.