Childrens Fiction Elisa Bartone American Too

ISBN 13: 9780688132781

American Too

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9780688132781: American Too

Because Rosie, who lives in Little Italy, wants to be a modern American girl, she finds a way to make her dream come true while celebrating the feast of St. Gennaro.

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About the Author:

Ted Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventional pets. The lion was given to his older brother, Don, while he was traveling as a professional wrestler, and he shipped it home. The family kept Sheba in the basement fruit cellar until Don returned and their mother convinced him to give it to the Buffalo zoo.

Ted always knew he wanted to be an illustrator. As a child he copied the work of illustrators and painters he admired, including N. C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Velázquez, and Goya. When it came time to go to art school (Pratt), he needed to earn money to finance his education. So, following in his brother’s footsteps, he took a summer job as a wrestler -- the beginning of a 15-year part-time career that eventually inspired his autobiographical book I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler. Ted’s career as an artist began with illustrations for adventure magazines, and it’s only over the last several years that he has devoted his time to writing and illustrating children’s books. "I’m having more fun doing this than anything I’ve ever done before," he says. He is an avid traveler, and many of his books are inspired by trips to such places as the Amazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Egypt, Lapland, and India. His Market!, published in 1996, showcases markets around the world, from Uganda to Ireland to Ecuador.

Touch and Go is a collection of stories about the adventures Ted had while researching his books. Gorilla Walk is his first collaboration with his wife, Betsy, and is about their trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They’ve just completed their second collaboration, Elephant Quest, set in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Ted’s current project is about a Civil War drummer boy.

Ted and Betsy live in Brooklyn, New York, where they share their home with two cats, Slick and Chopper.

Review:

From the same team behind Peppe the Lamplighter (1993), another moving tale of Italian immigrants on Mulberry Street.

Rosina thinks she must shed her Italian ways to be really American. She insists that her parents call her Rosie, and she changes her doll's name from Allesandra to the good "American" name of Meghan O'Hara. While her family speaks Italian, waving their hands around, Rosie sits on her hands and answers in English. And when Papa tells her that she'll be the queen of the feast of San Gennaro, she storms, Why do we always have to do Italian things? This is America, not Italy!

"While gazing at the Statue of Liberty, she has a wonderful idea--a way to be American and Italian, too, a way to have the best of both worlds. Bartone's prose is tight and well-paced with subtle touches of humor. Lewin's glowing illustrations, carefully researched for historical detail, make Rosie and her surroundings palpable. -- Kirkus Review, 7/15/96

Lewin's watercolor paintings are glorious in this Italian American story, a companion to Bartone and Lewin's Caldecott Honor Book, Peppe the Lamplighter (1993). Rosie wants to be "modern . . . really American." When chosen to be queen in the festival of San Gennaro, she's at first reluctant to be part of such an Italian event, but then she surprises -- and thrills everyone by dressing up as the Statue of Liberty. Based on a true event in Bartone's family, this is not so much a story as a celebration of an ethnic tradition. The leisurely storytelling allows for Lewin's carefully researched pictures of the Mulberry Street neighborhood in the period after World War I, with individual portraits set in richly detailed rooms and stores and on the vital streets. The opening double page spread, in which the newly arrived child and her family look out at the Statue of Liberty from the deck of the ship, evokes the dreaming and wary excitement of the immigrant experience. -- Hazel Rochman -- Booklist, 8/96

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