Library Intern Book Reviews

ISBN

978-0-7636-4601-1

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Candlewick Press

City

Somerville, MA

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews

Review

A granddaughter travels to Italy to meet her grandfather, and learns his story through a series of objects he collected in matchboxes in his youth. Fleischman writes this story using only the dialogue of the elderly man and his 6 year old granddaughter. This discourse, paired with a style of illustrations matching the time period described by the man, produce a highly imagistic story that captures the reader’s interest and reflects both the difficulty and the inspiring optimism of Italian immigrants just after the turn of the 19th century. Children will enjoy the diverse and detailed illustrations and parents will appreciate the narrative depth constructed within the context of a conversation between a man and his young granddaughter. Recommended. James Sandberg, Centennial Library Intern

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Review of <i>The Matchbox Diary</i> by Paul Fleischman

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