“The most important encounter children have with books takes place in the classroom.  If it comes about in a creative setting, where life, and not, practice, is important, the result could possibly be that love of books that we really aren’t born with because it is not an instinctive.”

Gianni Rodari (The grammar of fantasy, 1973)

Il Pane


Gianni Rodari

S’io facessi il fornaio
vorrei cuocere un pane
così grande da sfamare
tutta, tutta la gente
che non ha da mangiare.

Un pane più grande del sole,
dorato, profumato
come le viole.

Un pane così
verrebbero a mangiarlo…
…i poveri, i bambini,
i vecchietti e gli uccellini.

Sarà una data
da studiare a memoria:
un giorno senza fame!
Il più bel giorno di tutta la storia.

The loaf


Gianni Rodari

If I were a baker
I’d make a huge loaf
big enough to feed
the entire earth
and all of those in need.

A loaf the size of the sun,
as golden and fragrant
as a colourful mum.

A loaf that size
would be eaten by…
… the poor, the children,
the elderly, and the wrens.

It will be a day
to commit to memory
a day without famine!
The most beautiful day in history.

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

Books by Gianni Rodari can be found at Edizioni El here:  https://www.edizioniel.com/catalogo-anticipazioni/100-gianni-rodari-novita-gennaio-2020/

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