Please join Phoenix Books and the Vermont Italian Cultural Association (VICA) for a special Saturday story time event with award-winning illustrator and author, Dan Yaccarino. Dan will be sharing two of his recent picture books with us, All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel and The Longest Storm. VICA is especially excited to highlight Dan's strong connection to his Italian-American background found in All the Way to America which introduces a version of the immigration story not unlike what many have grown up hearing around the dinner table.
About All the Way to America: Dan Yaccarino’s great-grandfather arrived at Ellis Island with a small shovel and his parents’ good advice: “Work hard, but remember to enjoy life, and never forget your family.” With simple text and warm, colorful illustrations, Yaccarino recounts how the little shovel was passed down through four generations of this Italian-American family—along with the good advice. It’s a story that will have kids asking their parents and grandparents: Where did we come from? How did our family make the journey all the way to America?
About The Longest Storm: No one knew where the strange storm came from, or why it lasted so long. The family at the center of this timely story has to hunker down together, with no going outside - and that's hard when there's absolutely nothing to do, and everyone's getting on everyone else's nerves.
This classic in the making will lift hearts with its optimistic vision of a family figuring out how to love and support one another, even when it seems impossible.
Children the world over know Dan Yaccarino from his children's books, Parent's Choice Award-winning animated TV series "Oswald" (Nick Jr), Emmy-winning "Willa's Wild Life" (NBC and Qubo), and character designs for "The Backyardigans" (Nickelodeon), as well as his many illustrated toys, games, and other children's products. In addition to his own stories, Dan's bold, stylized illustrations add wit and energy to the work of such distinguished authors as Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, and Kevin Henkes. Dan's internationally recognized art style has earned him a large following in Japan, exhibits in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Bologna, and a visit to the White House. He is also a contributing children's book reviewer for the New York Times.
About Vermont Italian Cultural Association: The Vermont Italian Cultural Association (VICA) is dedicated to preserving and sharing Italian culture and heritage. It’s open to anyone interested in Italian culture, arts, language, history, and other aspects of Italian civilization. We sponsor a broad range of activities throughout the year including travel talks and presentations, language groups, art and sculpture exhibits, Italian movies, coffees, luncheons, and bocce socials. For more information please visit: https://www.vermontitalianculturalassociation.org
How to register
Registration is free, but book purchases are welcomed and appreciated--thank you for supporting our author!
You must register on this page to attend the event. The event will stream on Zoom. You will receive an email with the Zoom link after registering. If you don't receive a confirmation email after registering today, contact us right away so we can check for problems now.
Purchase a copy of All the Way to America or The Longest Storm HERE. Copies will be available a few days after event. If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready. If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery after our event.
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