Renato and the Lion by Barbara Dilorenzo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Gorgeous watercolor illustrations for a picture book that gently teaches about the art and history of Florence, Italy. When soldiers march into the city and his museum-working father walls up the important statues before moving his family to America, little Renato wants to wall up his favorite stone lion that sits in the piazza. Years later outside the New York Public Library, Renato tells his granddaughter about the lion he used to know. He's persuaded to return to Italy to introduce his lion to the family, and to say "thank you."
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