This semester, ISLI 330: A Taste for Knowledge: Food in Italian Literature students took on the challenge of writing for a somewhat unconventional audience: preschool-aged children! Their work began with a theoretical study of literature for these “not-yet-readers”: kids whose parents read to them.
The class then set about developing their own bilingual (Italian-English) short story based on this research. A field trip to Fattoria Montelupo, a mozzarella di bufala farm, inspired the book’s protagonist: there they met an adorable blonde cow who would become “Mona Mucca,” the hero of the story.
After writing, translating, and illustrating Mona Mucca si perde (Mona Mucca Gets Lost), the class presented their finished product to a class of local preschoolers and their parents. The students’ hard work was rewarded when the group was met with enthusiasm from the children and positive feedback from teachers. Professor Elgin Eckert, whose son was amongst them, happily reports that he has requested to read Mona Mucca Gets Lost over and over again.
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