Back to the Pina!
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A long-awaited and happy return of this fall is that of Pina, the famous mouse was born in the imagination of the English author Lucy Cousins in the Nineties. After almost 5 years of absence from the Italian shelves, the mouse returns a couple of books made up of dedicated, as it is in his spirit, in exciting daily adventures, accompanied – unlike previous editions – from a bilingual text Italian-English. Pina is really a superstar in the English-speaking world and also in Italy, has captivated numerous readers, thanks to its cheerfulness and the seriality of his stories, which, of course, gives the chance to children to become attached to a character only.
The most simple of the complex world created around the Italian correspondent of this character, Giulio rabbit, the Pina is a space in which the little protagonist is doing raids exploratory that tell of a reality in its essential features. Pina is a girl-mouse who is always accompanied by his cuddly toys in the shape of a panda and discovers the environments with his friends. A character outspoken, very simple and for this great charm, because it is able to present itself to the most small for his move in the world and his curiosity, rather than for his character.
The first adventure, The farm Pina, accompanied the children to discover the farm precisely in and through the 5 moments unrelated to each other (the arrival of the panoramic, the field, the hen house, the garden and the stables) that they tend to show different aspects of one and the same place, organizing them in a perfect day: there is, therefore, an accurate history and the different scenes are self-contained (and therefore readable in the sequence spread, the situation is less unusual than you think with small children, I can bear witness to it).
The text, on the other hand, it is very addictive and alternates between short phrases descriptive of the images ("Pina and his friends go to the farm", "Pina guide the tractor in the fields") to exclamations that invite children to linger on the images, or to interact with the narrative"Look, the scarecrow!", "Hello sheep! Hello pigs!", "Muuu!"). The English text below, allows a double reading (verses onomatopeici including: "cheep! cluck!")
The plates are full of color and the white face of the Pina serves as a beacon among the backgrounds of vitamins and the thick black lines sbozzate that draw the characters.
He concludes the book with a page opened that is transformed in the background of a stable and lends itself to the game (with toys to paper attachments, or with their own games), ideal as a portable entertainment!
The book as a whole is well thought out in its horizon of everyday life and in his dealings to the reader, the fragmentation of the narrative allows a reading even to very young children (from the year, but enjoyable at its best by 2), and the drawings, even if not perfectly realistic, are well stereotyped and recognizable. I prefer the protagonists, but this does not detract from the potential of Pina, a topina in overalls really adorable!
Here is the presentation of topina, and here a nice interview with the author.
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