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Gianni Rodari: Alice and John

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Published on Feb 08, 2020

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Among the many characters born from the pen of Gianni Rodari, there are some that have gathered around him numerous stories and nursery rhymes, becoming, in fact, the characters of small adventures serial. Over all, the two have entered into the heart of many readers: Alice Cascherina and Giovannino Perdigiorno.

The two protagonists were born between the pages of the Corriere dei piccoli, between the years ‘60 and the years ‘70: weekly appointments short that have become real legends in the course of time.

Alice is a girl tiny so magical and unexpected "and peace always and everywhere", into the ball, the cake, the ink, the drawer, the light of a firefly... every fall is an adventure, because Alice has the privilege of looking at the everyday world from a new point of view and unthinkable. The short adventures in prose are rich of creativity: original and unthinkable even in the horizon newspaper in which you move. Alice is a mechanical movement that makes me laugh and smile all the implications of the “physical” (for example, Alice is forced to make his way to the fury of bites into his birthday cake!), but the fall is a metaphor, not so veiled way of“get to the bottom”, Alice in fact, she immerses herself in all things she does, coming to the heart of many gestures and everyday situations.

John, instead, is a little guy that travels, travels a lot, a great traveller in search of the perfect country, that still has not found! Travel Giovannino Perdigiorno, told in prose and rhymes bring him in countries the most diverse, inhabited by fantastic creatures and fascinating. Also in this case, however, the link with the imagination and the magic is never apart from the real world, with which the characters of Rodari constantly dialogue.

Do not think, however, trivial lyrics that do not look over the edge of our own backyard, in fact, the plot references extratestuali is dense by Gulliver's Travels the travels of Alice beyond the mirror, from the Little prince at the Nutcracker Dumas. The language is rich thanks to a lexicon edited, though grafted on a very simple syntax, and sliding. The protagonists are children, daring, and never discouraged, children full of life, and resources.

You can not say that the texts have a moral, because the attitude of the author is never didactic, but you can indeed say with certainty that at the end of each adventure, readers gain a thought, goaded him with irony from the story just ended.

Giovannino Perdigiorno

travelling for amusement;

came with surprise

on the planet child.

But calling it a planet

it is almost an exaggeration;

it is a miniworld,

in a minicostellazione.

Everything is mini, up there

minimonti, seas mini...

in the miniature city

there are mini-nationals...

But watch them a little better

and the mystery you will discover:

are all children

that never grow up.

To become great

don't want to know:

so they are happy,

so they want to stay...

"The large not have toys

the gardens don't go there,

have only ugly thoughts

every day of the year...

We're fine so,

without worries ..."

And John the baptist said:

"Goodbye, fifoni!"

Alice manages to re-emerge from the inkwell in which it was dropped, and exclaims: "The words to the poem, the I'll be part of me in the inkwell there is too much confusion", as to say where ideas come to life if not yourself?

John arrives in the world of men of the ice and if he goes, because without a heart you really can't live:

And the heart you have

in that chest frozen?

The heart? Warmed too,

the we have removed.

That people sottozero,

you said, John the baptist,

I will freeze ears

just stay close to him

These short stories and these poems are ideal for the readings from the 6-7 years, are never trivial, are not discounted and chip in with the boys, asking them to think, but also and above all to have fun. The length contained stories and the continuity given by the character, then, make them excellent readings without pictures for small children (3-4 years) that you want to engage in listening.

What are you waiting for? Have you started to read Rodari?

P.S. you Can find a lot of editions, illustrated by different artists, choose the one that most strikes!

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