Pippo the Fool

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Charlesbridge Publishing, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
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Was Pippo the Fool really Pippo the Genius?

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was a marvel of art, architecture, and engineering. But it lacked a finishing ornament, a crown--a dome! The city fathers had a solution: to invite the finest masters to compete for the chance to design a dome. The rumors of this contest reached the ears of Filippo Brunelleschi, better known in Florence as Pippo the Fool. As soon as he heard about the contest, Pippo knew it was the chance he had been waiting for. "If I can win the contest, I will finally lose that nickname once and for all!"

This book tells the story of the construction of an architectural masterpiece--Brunelleschi's Dome. Tracey E. Fern depicts Pippo's prickly personality with humor and warmth, and Pau Estrada's richly detailed illustrations bring Renaissance Florence to life. An excellent way to introduce kids to an important moment in Western engineering and history.

This book is good for your brain because:
Biography, Determination, Problem Solving


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User Review  - nsnide1 - LibraryThing

I truly liked the writing style that the author uses. The author uses a style in which it is engaging and organizing. The author takes a topic that can be boring, art history in Florence, and made it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Barbara Lovejoy - Goodreads

Another story I didn't Know. I also enjoyed very much the illustrations in this book. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Tracey E. Fern writes for various magazines and is the author of children's historical books including, BUFFALO MUSIC (Clarion), DARE THE WIND (FSG), and W IS FOR WEBSTER (Melanie Kroupa Books). She lives in West Newton, Massachusetts.

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