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[Saturday Reads] The Limitless Imagination of Beatrice Alemagna

This post features four extraordinary stories from the imagination of Beatrice Alemagna.

Fats here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

My Friend by Beatrice Alemagna

Published by North-South Books (2002)
ISBN-13: 9780735819931
Find it on Amazon | Book Depository

Is it a cat? Is it a monkey? It’s definitely not a beaver! Is it a rat? Is it a hippo? Not a mole, I’m afraid. In this book, Alemagna tells the story of a most unusual animal. What could it possibly be?

The 5 Misfits by Beatrice Alemagna

Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (2014)
ISBN-13: 9781847806376
Find it on Amazon | Book Depository

This is the story of five misfits. The first has four holes on his body. The second is folded. The third is always sleepy. The fourth is upside down. The fifth is oddity personified. What do they do? A handsome, smooth, and perfect fellow who appears out of nowhere is about to find out…

Read Myra’s review here.

Child of Glass by Beatrice Alemagna

Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
Published by Enchanted Lion Books (2019)
ISBN-13: 9781592703036
Find it on Amazon | Book Depository

This is the story of a girl named Gisele. She is lovely and delicate, and she is also completely transparent. As a child of glass, she blends with everything around her. Unfortunately, people could easily see her thoughts and emotions. Gisele becomes more sensitive as she grows older. The more people talk about her, the easier she falls apart – literally and figuratively. Will Gisele pull through?

What is a Child? by Beatrice Alemagna

Translated by Anna Bennett
Published by Tate Publishing (2016)
ISBN-13: 9781849764124
Find it on Amazon | Book Depository

Of the four books featured today, this is probably my favorite. This picture book celebrates children: who they are and what makes them special. It’s a great pick for a read-aloud because adults are sure to enjoy it, too.

Read Myra’s review here.

A child has small hands, small feet and small ears, but that does not mean they have small ideas.

– Beatrice Alemagna

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1 comment on “[Saturday Reads] The Limitless Imagination of Beatrice Alemagna

  1. I lovelovelove Alemagna. I have been waiting to get my hands on a child of glass for the longest time!!!!

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