Eat, Leo! Eat! by Caroline AddersonEat, Leo! Eat! by Caroline Adderson

Eat, Leo! Eat!

byCaroline AddersonIllustratorJosée Bisaillon

Picture Books | April 1, 2015

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Leo wants no part of sitting down with his family to eat Nonna's big, delizioso lunch every Sunday. ?I'm not hungry,? he insists. Not hungry? Hmm. Clever Nonna gets an idea. She'll use a story to lure Leo to her table. And since the pasta in her soup, called stelline (little stars), is woven into the story about a boy who journeys to his grandmother's at night, it works. But again on the following Sunday, Leo doesn't want to eat. So Nonna expands her story, this time adding some chiancaredde (paving stones), the name of the pasta she's serving that day, to create a path for her character to follow. Now Leo's hooked. So much that he begins to badger Nonna every Sunday to reveal more pasta-based details of the story. And week by week, as Leo's relatives crowd around listening to Nonna and teasing Leo to get him to mangia (eat), he slowly comes to realize just how happy he is to have a place at this table.

In this heartwarming picture book, award-winning author Caroline Adderson beautifully captures the love and tenderness Leo feels from his grandmother and the rest of his close-knit family through lively, true-to-life dialogue. The playful, detailed artwork by Josée Bisaillon helps bring all of them to life. This book offers a perfect framework for lessons exploring the heritage, customs and relationships of families. The unique story-within-a-story concept, along with the idea that Nonna's tale is being told cumulatively, could easily launch a storytelling assignment. Additionally, the section on pasta and the list of Italian vocabulary words make a great introduction to foreign cultures through food and language.
Caroline Adderson lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, her dog and the son who lied to her when he said he would always be seven.As a young girl, Josée loved drawing cats and houses. She really enjoyed school and always returned home full of stories to tell (and, of course, to draw!). She liked being in the classroom...
Title:Eat, Leo! Eat!Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 9.25 × 10.38 × 0.38 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771380136

ISBN - 13:9781771380133


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pass the pasta please.... Every Sunday the family is invited to Nonna's house for a boisterous, delicious Sunday lunch. Mom, Dad, aunts, uncles, cousins...they are all represented at the dinner party. The family eagerly gathers around the table salivating for Nonna's homemade pasta...everyone that is, except Leo. Where can he be? Did anyone see where he is hiding? Nonna, very concerned for her little bambino asks him what is the matter. He tells her he is not hungry and does not want to eat. That is when his wise, loving Grandma works her magic, and finds the perfect way not only to get Leo to join the others at the table but also to eat each and every lovely morsel she prepares and serves to him. As she distributes her mouthwatering creations, using her native language to embellish her dishes, she tells little Leo a cumulative story each week that draws him deeper into the adventure, and his plate, making him happy to partake of her delicious food. The story is of a little boy who goes to see his Nonna at night. She cleverly weaves her pasta she is serving that particular day into the storyline and Leo eats it up....literally. Yum! The illustrations are expressive and whimsical adding charm and richness to the tale and highlighting the text perfectly. I enjoyed the book immensely and recommend it to my readers.
Date published: 2015-01-22

Editorial Reviews

An engaging read-aloud that will have you gathering your family for a home-cooked meal and some shared stories.-School Library Journal