When Josephine must use her "broken English" to tell her new class about city life in Naples, Italy, she instead finds herself describing her one hilarious foray to a farm. As the teacher provides the immigrant child with the vocabulary to help her tell her coherent--if uproarious--tale, mutual bonds of admiration form.


Named to the "Best Books for Children" list by the Association of Booksellers for Children

Learning® Magazine "Teachers' Choice" Award

"Chapman Award" for Best Classroom Read-Alouds,

awarded by Esme' Raji Codell

An ABA Book Sense "Pick of the Lists"

A PBS TV Teacher's Source "Recommended Book"

The Independent Publisher Award


"...zippy illustrations...a gem...endearing and winsome...

sure to draw young readers with its humor...

recommended for every children's library and bookstore..."

-Críticas, the Spanish Language review journal of Publishers Weekly

"Sly humor...hilariously paced"  -School Library Journal

"Exuberant. Reminds one of the illimitable Eloise."  -Kirkus Reviews

"...humorous and warm-hearted" 

-PBS Teachers' Source One of Four "Recommended Books"

"...charming, fun, and stimulating" -Dom DeLuise

"One of those rare 'must haves'..."   -Education Oasis

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Author: Josephine Nobisso

Illustrator: Dasha Ziborova

Publisher: Gingerbread House

Trim Size: w 12" × h 9" w/ Dust Jacket (hardcover only)

Pages: 32, Full Color Illustrations

Ages: All (A "Cross-over" Picture Book for Both Children and Adults)

Hardcover ISBN: 0-940112-07-8

Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0-940112-07-0  

Hardcover Price: US $16.95 / CAN $22.95  

Paperback ISBN: 0-940112-08-6 

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-940112-08-7

Paperback Price: US $8.95 / CAN $12.95 

Also available in Spanish,

in both hardcover and paperback!