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Brave Donatella and the Jasmine Thief (Junior Library Guild Selection (Charlesbridge Hardcover)) Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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Grade 1-3 Duke Cosimo de'Medici of Florence, collector of exotic plants, jealously guards the jasmine brought from India by Vasco da Gama and is known to torture those who displease him. Antonio, the youngest gardener, is made bold by love and cuts a small sprig for beautiful Donatella. The duke notices, discovers Antonio is the thief, and has him imprisoned in a distant town. When Donatella learns what has happened, she plants the jasmine in a clay pot and walks three days and two nights to Volterra. There she drugs Cosimo's guards with tea infused with poppy petals. She rescues Antonio, and they flee. At her wedding Donatella wears a sprig of jasmine for happiness and good luck. For this memorable love story, McAlister supplies historical background in an author's note. Hendricks uses colored pencils and a black fine-line marker for the illustrations, framing most of them with gold bands and featuring trailing vines and white jasmine blossoms in the borders. Pair this title with Paul O. Zelinsky's Rapunzel (Dutton, 1997), another love story with an unusual plant at its heart and the Italian countryside as its background. Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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About the Author
Caroline McAlister is the author of HOLY MOLE (August House/Little Folk). She teaches writing at Guilford College, and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Top customer reviews
I found Donatella to be a spunky little heroine, a good role model for little girls.
I've been to Volterra and the picture of the prison is very accurate and brought back fond memories of the town.
I bought copies for my school, my granddaughter, and a niece and nephew.