Childrens Books David Zucker Uncle Carmello

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Uncle Carmello

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9780027937602: Uncle Carmello

David is worried about his forthcoming two-week visit with his gruff, Italian uncle, but a fun-filled shopping expedition to Boston's Italian market transforms Uncle Carmello into a friend.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Uncle Carmello belongs to an older generation of Italian-Americans. His age, his grumpy personality, and his habit of speaking mostly in Italian or almost incomprehensible English distance him from his young nephew. The summer David is 10, he spends two weeks with the man, who lives in a suburb of Boston. At first the generational and cultural gaps seem insurmountable, until the day Uncle Carmello takes the boy to the Italian community in the North End of the city. There, everybody seems to know his uncle, and stops to chat. Pausing for a minute with a lemon ice before they return home with three bags of groceries, the pair share a quiet moment of satisfaction in the warm sun. Although they drive home in silence, David isn't uncomfortable anymore, and he has grown in his understanding of his heritage. The characters are individualized, but are types recognized in many ethnic households. Watercolor drawings in a realistic style place this story squarely in the '90s. A good choice for children looking for an intergenerational story. --Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Zucker's first children's book revolves around a familiar figure--the dreaded elderly relative who is "old and angry and had been that way forever." Uncle Carmello's fierceness consists of speaking in gruff, heavily accented English ("Don't-a touch!" he cries whenever David gets interested in one of the innumerable objects in one of his innumerable collections). When Uncle Carmello takes David marketing in an Italian neighborhood in nearby Boston, however, their shared pleasure in the sights, sounds and special foods overcomes generation gaps and language barriers. But the narration is disingenuous (traveling by Greyhound bus, 10-year-old David is impressed that it has a restroom, "although when David went to take a rest he was surprised to find a toilet instead of a bed") and, as such, fails to vivify either the characters or their conflicts. Miller's watercolors, although packed with details and drenched in warm colors, seem equally arrested. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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