Una escuela tan grande como el mundo

illus. by Allegra Agliardi. 40p. Picarona. Feb. 2017. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9788416648863.
PreS-Gr 3—Translated from Italian to Spanish, this sparsely worded guide is directed at readers of all ages. Rodari's posthumously published reaffirmation of his personal philosophy is a gentle reminder that all experiences—good or bad, exciting or boring—contribute to the person we ultimately become. The book follows the exploits of a spunky redhead in a hot-air balloon designed to resemble Earth, and invites readers to view the entire world as a school and each life path as a lesson. Every person, encounter, or interaction teaches the protagonist to keep venturing into the world. The message is similar to that of Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go: learning is an ongoing process that gives life meaning, making the unknown more important than the known. Agliardi's brightly detailed, childlike illustrations nicely complement the message of internal and external exploration as a means of personal growth.
VERDICT For anyone starting school, a new job, or any other grand adventure. A strong Spanish-language choice for picture book collections.

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