New Dual-Language Children’s Book: Un Giorno a Staten Island Con La Nonna E Santino
As I mentioned in a previous post, dual-language stories are a great way to learn Italian. Regardless of which language-learning program you use, you will eventually need a break from the grammar and vocab exercises. Dual-language stories provide that welcomed relief and are a fun way to learn.
D.J. Higgins, an Italian teacher from Staten Island, New York has written a dual-language children’s book called Un Giorno a Staten Island Con La Nonna E Santino (A Day in Staten Island with Grandma and Santino). The book is about Santino, an American born Italian who runs a restaurant in Staten Island with his grandmother (or “nonna”). Santino falls in love with a woman and prepares the meal of a lifetime, while striving to live in two cultures at once.
The “warning” at the beginning of the book gives us a glimpse into Santino’s mind and the shenanigans that are about to enfold. He states, “There are no snobs allowed! Non sono uno snob! If you are looking for a conventional ‘learn Italian’ textbook put this book down and save us the frustration! You are entering into the wild world of Santino and sono pazzo!”
Complimenti a Mr. Higgins for creating a “dual language learning vehicle” that both young and old fans of Italian will enjoy! Check out Un Giorno a Staten Island Con La Nonna E Santino here: