The Mysterious Giant of Barletta: An Italian Folktale

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1988 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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The giant statue that has always stood in front of the Church of San Sepolcro in Barletta is called upon to save the town from an army of a thousand men that is destroying all the towns and cities along the lower Adriatic coast.

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User Review  - JusticeEvans - LibraryThing

In Barletta, there is a large stone statue of a boy. When war comes to the town, all the people leave except Zia Concetta and the statue, which she wishes to life in order to aid in the protection of ... Read full review

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User Review  - ShellyCBuchanan - LibraryThing

This is the story of Zia Concetta, the oldest wise woman in Barletta, a small coastal town in Italy, who must bring her wits to blossom when the town is threatened by marauders. She turns to the ... Read full review

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Tomie dePaola is the author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. He receive a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona and a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmont Avenue. He is also the recipient of the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature. He lives in New London, New Hampshire. Visit his website at

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