Combining real history and a bit of magic, Renato and the Lion introduces children in the gentlest way possible to WWII, the protection of priceless artwork, and how one boy immigrates with his family from Italy to America.
Renato is a young boy living in Florence, Italy, during the Second World War. He loves his home, his family and friends, and the wonderful artwork that Florence is famous for. He especially loves a sculpture of a lion in the Piazza della Signoria. But while the fighting of the war is far away, soldiers are everywhere. Renato’s father fears for the safety of the priceless artwork, but he fears even more for his family. One evening, Renato finds his father building a stone wall around a famous statue to hide it from the soldiers who might hurt it. And that’s when Renato realizes that his wonderful lion is even more exposed to danger. He needs to find a way to protect him, too, but time is running out before Renato’s family must leave to protect themselves!
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.
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Feature title at spring 2017 school and library conferences
Author Website: barbaradilorenzo.com
Author Social Media: @wavepaint