Questa non è una baby-sitter

(This is not a baby-sitter) Book not yet available in English


Mattia has an Italian father and a mother, Ashima, who was born in India and lives in Italy. She is a classic mother: sometimes she is adorable, sometimes unbearable. Today for Mattia is the first day of school. When Ashima goes to pick him up, however, he introduces her to his new friends as his baby-sitter…


Questa non è una baby-sitter (This is not a baby-sitter) is a simple book that deals with complex and delicate issues. Using simple and everyday language, the author of Italian-Indian origin, Gabriella Kuruvilla, speaks to children of the difficulties and misunderstandings that occur in an increasingly multicultural society, in which integration still encounters many obstacles. The author writes with irony and simplicity about small everyday misunderstandings that can lead to discrimination. Thus, linguistic diversity is not only peculiar to Ginko, Mattia’s Chinese classmate, but also to Salvatore, his Sicilian schoolfriend. A few words are enough to explain the difference in skin colour: “I am brown, his father is white and he is actually beige. This happens when you mix different colours.” Boys and girls learn and understand that they are all different, but ultimately all equal. The text comes with Gabriella Giandelli’s beautiful images that blend illustrations with balloons and ABC letter boards. With this booklet, the publishing house Terre di mezzo continues its mission in favour of cultural integration, promoting quality texts that stimulate social reflections.

Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)

Author(s): Kuruvilla, Gabriella

Illustrator(s): Giandelli, Gabriella

Publisher: Terre di Mezzo

City: Milano

Year: 2010

Pages: 30

ISBN: 9788861891487

Age Range: 3 - 5

Language: IT

Original Language: IT

Keywords: Diversity, Families, Interculture, Respect

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