Four stories, four brave and passionate heroines: the elephant Pasqualina leaves the imposed schemes, bonobe monkeys experience a creative life, the turtle Clementine chooses to leave her husband, and the mouse Clementina conquers a new role within the family (Rosa confetto/ “Candy Pink,”Arturo e Clementina/ “Arturo and Clementina,”Una fortunata catastrofe/ “A fortunate misfortune,”La vera storia dei bonobo con gli occhiali/ “The true story of bonobos with glasses”).
The most famous stories written by Adela Turin and illustrated by Nella Bosnia in the 1970s’ were originally published by the important feminist publishing house founded by Turin herself. Adela Turin’s picture books present the daily achievements of women and girls, subverting the schemes of traditional children’s literature through stories of unconventional heroines, free to choose and fight. Stories that are worth reading and rereading even today, right for their openly “militant” choice in favour of girls’ empowerment. And to any reservations that some might express, we can reply with the words of Adela Turin, highlighting the irony and the problematic nature of this series’ books: “Our stories are not solutions, they are open-ended. They are witty, because children have a distinct sense of humour. We have not written them for girls, but on the side of girls.” A highly recommended read for boys too!!
Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)