A special grandfather, a cherry tree for a friend; a story that will make you laugh and cry and that you will not forget.
’When I was four, I had four grandparents, two in the city and two in the countryside…’
This is how this book begins which talks about an extraordinary grandfather and a cherry tree, the goose Alfonsina and her husband Oreste, the grandmother Teodolinda and her soft ’things’; and a child, who does not forget the ’crazy’ grandfather who climbed the trees and who made him happy many times.
A cherry tree, a child and his grandfather are the main characters of the story. The cherry tree was planted by the grandfather when his daughter (the child’s mother) was born. The cherry tree is the core of the story: all the events and feeling develop from it. It is the child’s playmate, a place for adventures, a symbol of life continuity. Yet the most important character of the story is the grandfather, with his vitality, his sense of freedom, a grandfather who climbs on trees and talks to the geese and listens to the cherry tree breathing.
Prizes: 1998 ha vinto il Premio Cassa di Risparmio di Cento, il Premio Città di Penne, Fondazione Carire, il Premio Piccoli lettori crescono Piero Manni e il Premio Giacomo Giulitto, città di Bitritto; nel 1999 ha vinto il Premio Selezione Bancarellino.
Angela Nanetti was born in Budrio, in the province of Bologna, but lives in Pescara, where she was a teacher in middle and high schools. She is one of the most important Italian writers for children, three times winner of the «Premio Andersen». For children and adolescents she has written more than thirty stories and novels, which received important prizes and awards, and have been translated into numerous languages.