Shali, Virginia, Florin and Monika introducing to the Tree Book
The cover was lovely welcomed by the children, it shows all small paper handmade books representing children's literature's classics sourrounding AMADI'S SNOWMAN (that is a good wish for you Katia and Dimitrea that your book may become part of the history of children's books).
Amadi's Snowman and the others...
Here the first page, where children where introduced to Amadi's World, there is the Nigerian Map, the African Map, The Nigerian Flag and most popular tribes and languages... they could not believe about the hude nuber of languages spoken in Nigeria!!!!
Where is Amadi?
Here the second page illustrating Foods, Religion and Habits.
Daily Life - Foods
Music and Celebrations
Here children enjoyed talking about their favorite feasts and instruments.
Traditional costumes and artcrafts
They were all amazed by the gorgeous hair creative wrappings and also discussed about the role and meaning of the masks.
WHO? Famous people from Nigeria
Wole Soyinka - Chinua Achebe, Princess Aminatu, Olaudah Equiano and of course Dimitrea Tokunbo and Katia Novet Saint-Lot
Nothing to say... Princess Aminata captured their attention ... but also surprisingly Olaudah Equiano who struggled against slavery
WHY DID YOU ENJOY AMADI'S SNOWMAN?
After introducing the children to Amadi 's World, I started reading the book and they were all very attentive and at the end they all wanted to share their ideas about this story.
I liked Amadi's story because at the end he changes idea about reading and decides he wants to learn how to read. FLORIN MMAKAI love this story because this afternoon I've met another child from another country and also Mrs Chikodili who cares about him. VIRGINIA BRACCO
I loved Amadi because he is able to change idea and his mom is happy for this. CHIARA BONTEMPI
I liked Amadi because is an Igbo and didn't know about Igbo people before. SHALI MMAKA
I enjoyed Amadi's story beacuse if you don't know how to read you cannot learn and if you cannot learn you cannot travel. MARISA CIURLI
Amadi is not a boy who easily takes decisions, he thinks and then feel that something is missing . LUISA CHIAMPARINO
I enjoyed Amadi because his story shows how you can get passionate of something. MONIKA MARKU
The time to draw and focus their artistical veine came ...
Amadi holding his book
Mrs Chokodili showing Amadi the Snowman book
Mrs Chikodili and Amadi
Amadi and his friends
Here children has been impressed by the role Mrs Chikodili played in the story and I think they are right. She is a very important character.
Children wrote short messages to Amadi suggesting him books to read
(obviousely some don't have an English version)
Dear Amadi, My name is Virginia. Finally you went to school like us. I suggest you to read Gianni Rodari, he is a great author. He wrote so many funny stories , I read them and I enjoyed, I hope you'll like it too. What is your favorite book? I like Hansel & Gretel, Snow White, Geronimo Stilton, Mary Poppins and Gianni Rodari. VIRGINIA BRACCO
Dear Amadi, my name is Monika and I come from Albania. I'm very happy you learned how to read and that you now attend the school. Are you happy to be in school? How many new freinds do you have? I would like to meet you once. Ciao or... better Kodi or if you wish in Albania we say Pacim. MONIKA MARKU
Dear Amadi, I'm Marisa and never been to Africa. I'd like to meet you and also visit your village. I like reading adventourous books and also "Fairy Oak" series. Do you know them? Is your mum reading stories? MARISA CIURLI
Dear Amadi, I come from Morocco. Today we have read the book that talks about you. It has been so emotionally. Today I've also learned things about your country. I will sugegst you a book by Gianni Rodari "Favole al telefono" and "Alice in the wonderlands". Here are my questions: What books do you like to read? How is your school? Thank you for sahring with us your adventures. ILHAM EL ESNAOUI
Dear Amadi, I'm Aisha and comes from Africa too, exactly from Kenya. I'm eight and would like to know: do you like orange juice? What is your favorite animal? What is your favorite color? What's your father's name? I recently read Tom Sawyer and enjoyed it. Kodi - AISHA MMAKA
Dear Amadi, this year I enjoy reading funny stories, sometimes I get bored because the story is slow and I get confused if there are so many characters. I like to read mistery books like the Brividosi. CHIARA BONTEMPI
Here are some of the 11 partecipants at work (I 'could only publish the photos of the children I've been given the permission by their parents... sorry for this).
Shali and Ilham drawing Amadi
Aisha Florin Monika Shali answering "Why reading is important"?
Inside Amadi's book . Virginia turning the pages
Virginia Bracco - Reading is important because you learn many things
Monika Marku - When I read I go inside the book and live the adventure
Reading means travelling and discovering many things. I like reading many times the books I loved. I don't understand how reading can be boring for someone?
Momi (Mohammed) is the only boy ...lucky Amadi is there!
I want to learn...
Ilham El Esnaoui - Reading is adventure and fun. When I read a sad story that ends up in a nice way I feel happy. Some books end up in a bad way and I feel sad.
Bye Bye Katia and Dimitrea
And thank's to...
Katia Novet Saint-Lot and Dimitrea Tokunbo for their lovely story
Sarah Mc Ginnis at Tilbury for sending the book in time
Signor Giorgio, director of Giunti Bookstore in Lerici who hosted this event and gifted each kid with a lovely colorful blanket
The children who partecipated Virginia Bracco (8), Aisha Mmaka (8), Monika Marku (10), Mohammed El Esnaui (5), Florin Mmaka (9), Ilham El Elsnaoui (8), Shali Mmaka, Chiara Bontempi (8), Luisa Chiamparino (10), Marisa Ciurli (8).
And last but not least Thank you Amadi to have spent a lovely afternoon with us talking about Africa and how lovely is reading books. And also very soon you'll be invited once again to meet other children who will surely become your friends.