Orani by Claire A. Nivola
My Father's Village

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One of School Library Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011

One of Horn Book’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011

As a child, Claire Nivola loved summers in Orani, the village where her father grew up and where her many aunts, uncles, and 50 cousins still lived. She ran freely through the town's cobbled streets with packs of cousins, who quizzed her about America while she took in all teh simple joys and pleasures of daily life in a village where surprises met them at every turn.

In this sensuous homage of prose and pictures, Nivola invites readers to share in her experience of Orani, a village where surprises met them at every turn and luxuries were unheard of, but life was rich, lived close to the earth.

 

About Claire A. Nivola

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Claire Nivola has written and illustrated many books for children, most recently, Planting the Trees of Kenya, an award-winning picture book about Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai. She lives with her husband in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts.
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 36 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books.

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They experience the Corpus Christi holidays, with a horse race through the narrow streets of the village, and the family meals with “cheese from someone’s cow, the honey from someone’s bees.” Neither a story with a plot nor a full-blown memoir, this brief look at a town suspended in time reso...

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Nivola's hymn to the Sardinian village where her father was born is filled with sights and sounds all but lost to 21st-century civilization: endless feasting "in kitchens filled with aunts, uncles, and cousins, all speaking at once";

May 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Orani: My Father's Village

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