Aldabra: la tartaruga che amava Shakespeare

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Grandma Eia is getting older and her granddaughter Elisa is very worried for her. But between a Shakespeare’s sonnet and a walk in an unknown Venice, outside the tourist routes, the girl understands that her grandmother is turning into a huge turtle of an ancient species, because “The trick to fool death is to transform oneself.” Will Elisa be able to help her grandmother in her transformation and, above all, to pursue her new destiny?


Written by one of the most important and prestigious writers of children’s literature in Italy, the novel is at the same time funny and deep, thanks to the intertwine between the adventures of the story, and the theme of death as transformation, as well as the bond between a grandmother and her granddaughter, and the even more difficult relationship with her daughter. Here, the slow transformation brought by old age is not presented as a painful experience: it becomes a return to vitality, and an invitation not to give up the resources of fantasy, thanks to an extraordinary female character, grandma Eia, who is able to amuse, thrill, and touch not only her daughter and granddaughter, but also the readers.

Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)

Author(s): Gandolfi, Silvana

Illustrator(s): Negrin, Fabian

Series: Gl'Istrici

Publisher: Salani

City: Milano

Year: 2006

Pages: 135

ISBN: 9788877828989

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: IT

Original Language: IT

Keywords: Animals, Families, Feelings, Female characters, Relationships

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