An important and memorable story of the love of art, family, wartime and immigration—and brings to mind the rich imagination and child’s point of view in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
Stunning watercolor artwork that captures the magic of Florence.
Magic realism and a child’s imagination lightens the subject matter—children will love the coming-to-life of the lion statue.
Based on real Italian WWII history—famous statues (including Michelangelo’s David!) were covered for years in protective stone and brick so that they wouldn’t be harmed. Author’s Note will explain the fascinating real story behind this picture book.
A timely immigration story—Renato and his family sail on a boat for America at the end of the story.
Exciting debut of an incredibly talented author/illustrator.
Praise for Renato and the Lion:
* “This love letter to Florence should spur diverse conversations, from art to history to the plight of refugees.”—Booklist, starred review
“Driven by the notion of safeguarding art during military conflict, this debut portrays a wartime reality that is not commonly addressed. A special book and additional purchase that is best-shared one-on-one.”—School Library Journal
“DiLorenzo’s often lovely watercolors are best when capturing nature. The endpapers’ sun-washed Florence and Renato’s dream-ride over the moonlit Ponte Vecchio are lovely…DiLorenzo’s careful research yields a touching tale about art’s ability to deeply affect both adults and children.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Barbara DiLorenzo’s tale was inspired by a true story and shows how a child’s connection to art lasts a lifetime.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“DiLorenzo lavishes attention on Florence’s architectural treasures, and her buildings glow with warmth…DiLorenzo’s story is simultaneously a historical account of a family’s emigration and a dream story about the power of great art.”—Publishers Weekly