The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily

The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily

Book - 1947
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Publisher: [New York] Pantheon Books [1947]
Characteristics: 146 p. illus. (part col.) 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Lobb, Frances


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Jan 15, 2010

First published in 1947, author Dino Buzzati?s sprightly fable chronicles a period of forgotten history in Sicily?s ancient and noble past. During an especially frigid winter, starving bears leave their mountain home and come down to the valley, where humans dwell, in search of food and warmth. Led by valiant King Leander (who is also searching for his long-lost bear cub son Tony), handsome Saltpetre, Marzipan the inventor, and sharp-eyed Dandelion, the bears tackle an army of wild boars, ghosts, a sea serpent, the ruthless Grand Duke, and maybe-good maybe-bad Professor Ambrose. This colorful story is further brightened by a wryly intimate and teasing tone, stylish illustrations, a smattering of sweetly rhyming poems, and smartly drawn characters both animal and human. The New York Review Children?s Collection is a series of previously out-of-print children?s books republished and repackaged in attractive editions for new generations to enjoy. The editors picked a real gem with The Bear?s Famous Invasion of Sicily and its remarkable ability to convey adult themes to young readers with subtlety and understanding. Talking animals may be a hallmark of children?s literature, but The Bears? Famous Invasion of Sicily is a sophisticated, elegant little tale about war, corruption, courage, and humility that is as much intelligent allegory as it is whimsical fairy tale.


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