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Classic Italian children's books?

Hi everyone! In an effort to educate some of my littler family members in Italian, I would love if those out there know of any classic children's books in Italian? I know plenty in the USA, but curious about the difference!

February 12, 2019

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I highly recommend anything by Gianni Rodari. He's very popular in Italia. I learned about him from CivisRomanus here in the forum.

February 12, 2019

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I agree. Rodari is the most suitable author for small children, easy to read, with very short stories, a simple vocabulary, and amusing situations.

February 13, 2019

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I know a site, there are stories in many languages, some of them with audio too:

http://children.logoslibrary.eu/?lang=it

And I recommend Collodi and his "Pinocchio" : )

February 13, 2019

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Some expressions used in Pinocchio today would sound a bit outdated ("il corbello dei trucioli"; "pareva trasfigurito"; "era stato cagione a lui di tante paure", "saltava greppi altissimi"), and some of them are typically Tuscan ("il fatto gli è che..."; "non ti garba"; "chetati"; "grullerello"; etc.).
In the past it used to be a good children's book to start with, but nowadays I would suggest it to more advanced learners who wish to challenge themselves with something vintage/regional.
Also Il giornalino di Gian Burrasca (1907-08) is another amusing children's book, but it poses the same hurdles as Pinocchio.

February 13, 2019

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For something more modern, in addition to Rodari: Italo Calvino, book for children. He was a great italian writer (1923-1985). https://www.lafeltrinelli.it/ragazzi-libri-italo-calvino/c-1045/155834/1/

February 15, 2019
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