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Top Customer Reviews
Although this is a very short read and does say children's, I would want to express that there are situations that younger children may find difficult. The story of Befana not being real for instance, war and death are some themes that although Thomas E. Antonaccio only touches on these things, they are in there.
But with that being said this story was a very easy read. Very well done even with the years that you go through with Lucia. You see that her life is not all a can of peaches but they take the hard times and pick themselves back up and move on. It's very positive and I hope that book two of this will expand the story of the family even further. Quite interesting, fun read about a family. Just a family, but it's a great one.
A wonderful book full of charming believable characters. Thomas Antonaccio lovingly brings his mother (Lucia) and her family alive for us. We see their love for each other, their faith and their ability to get through anything as long as they are together.
The book has a "G" rating and is appropriate for children. I read portions of it to my 12 year old son, "What, no Nintendo? No indoor toilets? " There is one scene where Mamma chases the German soldier out of her house with a broom. Not only does she chase him out but she runs after him hitting him over the head with her broom. We both laughed out loud with this! My 12 year old's response "Way to go Mamma! Keep reading to me- I like this family" And you will, too.
Mr. Antonaccio hints about a sequel, I look forward to reading more about Lucia and her family.
My youngest has been ill and the eldest has been trying to make himself useful 'helping' me. To keep him occupied, I read bits of this book to him. And his little mind was horrified about the struggles highlighted. How does one survive without an iPad? No Toys'r'us? On a side note, this book created a bonding moment with my son that I will never forget.
I suspect that this is a book that will reach out to you differently at different stages of your life. It's lessons are also not to be missed. Appreciation for the things you have and gratitude for the ones you are with, are some of the qualities we don't see as often as we would like to these days.
So if you do buy it, which I suggest you do, keep it close to you and pick it up whenever you're having a down moment. As bleak as the theme may be, you'll be grateful for your little problems.
Would I recommend this read? Oh yes, definitely.
Offensive content?: PG, because it touches on war but it can be read to a child.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author through Orangeberry Book Tours. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.
Formatting / Appearance - Each chapter is greeted with a little icon. I absolutely loved this little touch. It relates to the voice of the book and makes you think of the narrator's innocence.
Content - Not at all what I expected. The main theme is how war can brutally shred a child's innocence. There's almost a sing-song voice in the beginning and then the tone becomes more serious, more sad. Each chapter is broken into little chunks of description. A little odd but that is how a child sees the world isn't it?
What I liked - The childlike voice tugs at your heartstrings and makes you count your blessings. Often we take things for granted and this little voice tells you it's time you don't. I'm assuming as a writer, Antonaccio had to dig up to bring up these painful memories. It must have been difficult for him to put pen to paper, and yet, my world is a little brighter that he has shared his story.
What I didn't like - Other than the cover, I really have no issues.
Rating - 4.5 / 5 stars.
Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.