A child finds a stone, takes it, looks at it, and starts talking. The stone seems not to listen but finally breaks the silence. Like a dance, the child, question after question, gets closer to the stone, who answers slowly and with few words, firstly, but then talks about life, death, friendship. To know each other doesn’t mean to be friends; to take care of someone can be difficult if you don’t know what is necessary to do; to grow up can sometimes be scary.
The book is the result of an afternoon spent with kids and a stone. The questions and answers are real. The first touch, the physical and emotional content of the book is immediate and simple because it comes from kids’ imagination in motion. It will remind you of Leo Lionni and Bruno Munari, inspiring the reader to look at things like an explorer: observing, asking questions, and being respectful of what you find, you understand, and don’t.
Giuseppe Caliceti teaches at primary school in Reggio Emilia. He is author of books for adults and children as well, published by Bompiani, Topipittori, Edizioni San Paolo, among others. In 2003, he won the Elsa Morante - L’Isola di Arturo Award for fiction. For 15 years he has been promoting and organizing Bao’bab, a municipal service that brings authors and illustrators to school with activities, meetings, and talks. He runs his own blog ibambiniciparlano.it and writes for the Italian newspaper “Il Manifesto”.
Noemi Vola is an illustrator based in Bologna. She won the International Serpa Picturebook Prize and published with Planeta Tangerina, Corraini, and Camelozampa.