Who's afraid of the black wolf?


Published on Jun 17, 2019


That Polly and the wolf tontolone has more than 60 years is not known, but it was written to answer explicitly a question, this is a little bit more.

Catherine Storr, the author, who has made the history of literature for children English, was a psychiatrist who at a certain point in his life he decided to devote himself to writing for children. It was probably just his reflection on the fears of childhood to give her the cue for the birth of the series Polly and the wolf “tontolone” (stupid in English): a series of short stories at the centre of which we find a little girl – hounded by a wolf who wishes to eat it – that constantly his resources to escape capture, thing.

The stories, therefore, show a plot, recurring and predictable (the wolf=bad, girl=ingenious) and also very explicit (the wolf is defined, precisely, "tontolone", Polly has always appealed as smart and clever and all the stories conclude with clear statements on the success of Polly: "Polly smiled to herself. Once again it had defeated the wolf", "Polly arrived home safe and sound, and even the one time the wolf managed to acchiapparla").

From her, however, the English author has a narrative ability that we have to give it about: the stories, although the serial, have the plots with passages a number of unusual and interesting dialogues and are pleasantly readable, and indeed one wonders what will be the new plan concocted by the wolf to be able to catch Polly. Once the wolf buy a potion that should make it invisible, once he ends up in a zoo responding to an advertisement in a newspaper, once he disguises himself as a butcher (but you eat all the meat!), once he writes an ad in the newspaper...

Fear is certainly the main driving force of the stories is the face of resilience infinite of the girl in front of each found of the wolf manages to find a solution and a way of escape, but in the course of the various episodes you will also meet many other nuances of the soul: the sadness, the empathy, the anger... The stories do not delve into particularly the descriptive aspect of the world of Polly, however, is in the dialogues as to occupy almost completely the narrative, and this allows you to make modern and contemporary art on each other, that obviously doesn't have the time. Many references to fairy-tale and fairytale aspect that are interwoven with the plot: the wolf tries to re-create situations that at least initially they see the triumph of the wolf (little red riding Hood, The three little pigs, the wolf and The seven kids, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the beanstalk...), even if this is the same Polly to use the stories in his favor. The sense of unease is subtle but constant (Polly is followed by the wolf, and the wolf tampina Polly at home...), also because the girl is always alone in her face the wolf, however, readers will be comforted by the final, always positive, and the reading will be mitigated by the funny situations that the characters always manage to create, anzhe unknowingly.

The little girl is alone in front of the black wolf, as did the children feel in front of their own fears, but along with no fear all the way to the end, always wins, thanks to its resources.

The necklace was a contemporary of Mondadori confirms its place as an interesting experiment in the proposition of the text (also) classic through contemporary reading, in fact, of illustrators talented. Simona Mulazzani, in fact, makes this volume a real treat for the eyes with a Polly by the kind look, a soft mane of orange, the ribbons in her hair and ballet flats at the foot.

An interesting book that belies once again the absence of girls to be courageous and fearless in the history of literature, and who finally arrives in Italy, offering 13 episodes of the daily struggle of fear, through tales and pleasant compìti.

Welcome Polly!

Readers from 7 years of age will be able to tackle individual episodes, for the full read will have to wait for 8 years, while in the shared experience of the text can be proposed 5 years.

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