Eat, Leo! Eat!

by Caroline Adderson and Josée Bisaillon

When Leo won’t eat, his Nonna tells a story about a boy on the way to his Nonna’s... read more

When Leo won’t eat, his Nonna tells a story about a boy on the way to his Nonna’s one dark night. Wishing for light, the boy looks up and finds stars, shaped just like the stelline pasta in Leo’s bowl. “ Mangia, ” Nonna tells Leo, who begins to eat. The following week, Nonna continues the story: The boy is now walking along on an unpaved road and wishing for an easier path. When he looks down, there are paving stones, shaped just like the chiancaredde on Leo’s plate. “ Mangia. ” Another Sunday comes, and Nonna is serving occhi di lupo: wolf eyes pasta. The story continues: “Ah-oooooooo!” Week after week Leo and his extended family are captivated by Nonna’s storytelling, the food she cooks, and the power of both to bring everyone together in a delightful picture book featuring a story-within-a story and whimsical illustrations. “ Mangia !” (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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