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Pippo the Fool by Tracey Fern
ISBN  1570916551
48 Pages ˇ Hardcover ˇ $15.95
Paperback - $7.95
 
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from Charlesbridge Publishing
 
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was a marvel of art, architecture, and engineering.  But it lacked a finishing ornament, a crown - a dome! The city fathers had a solution. They invited the finest masters from around Italy to complete for the chance to design the dome. The oddest entrant was Filippo Brunelleschi, better known in Florence as Pippo the Fool. Pippo could be grouchy, secretive, and downright disagreeable. But his design for the dome was extraordinary - something no other artist could have ever imagined. Was Pippo the Fool really Pippo the Genius?
 
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Reviews:
A Best Children's Book of the Year 2010, selected by the Bank Street School of Education
 
2010-2011 Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee
 
Booklist, Starred Review ---- With a great deal of charm and buttressed by understated humor, Fern tells a fictionalized story of Renaissance architect and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi and his most magnificent work the dome of the Cathedral of Florence...Throughout, Estrada's timeless art highlights Florence's orange-roofed architecture and colorfully attired citizens...
 
School Library Journal, Starred Review ---- A slice of history is served a la Florentine for the delectation of curious minds in this revealing portrait of genius Filippo Brunelleschi...Fern's humorous text brings Pippo's crabby persona to cranky life as he ponders, sketches, schemes, calculates, and competes his way to a glorious completed dome and lasting fame...This neat blend of fact and fiction is as seamlessly constructed as the intricate brickwork of the dome on the Duomo.
 
Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, 2009
 
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio 2009 Gold Award
 
Junior Library Guild Premier Selection
 
2009 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, chosen by the National Council for Social Studies and The Children's Book Council.
 
2009 ABC Best Books for Children Selection
 
2009 Cybils Award Nominee
 
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2010 Selection