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Gianni Rodari: Telephone Tales

Type of activity: Storytelling
Audience age: 4-12
Duration: 12 Episodes, ~5 minutes each
Name of performer: Steve Siegelman, Valerio Vidali, Enrica Cavalli, & Enchanted Lion
Learning areas: Literature

Join us for Telephone Tales, a series of 12 short, sweet stories for kids by beloved Italian children’s author Gianni Rodari, in a new English translation by Antony Shugaar, with Illustrations by Valerio Vidali. A co-production of the Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., and Enchanted Lion Books.

The following episodes will be accessible starting October 17:



Episode 1: Once upon a time...
Episode 2: The Country Without Sharp Edges
Episode 3: The Country with an Un in Front
Episode 4: Brif, Braf, Bruf
Episode 5: The Comic Strip Mouse
Episode 6: The War of the Bells
Episode 7: The Road to Nowhere
Episode 8: Playing with the Cane
Episode 9: Monkeys on Holiday
Episode 10: One and Seven
Episode 11: Bring Down the Nine
Episode 12: Universal History



©Valerio Vidali for Enchanted Lion

Gianni Rodari (1920-1980) has often been called Italy’s most beloved children’s author, but his work has remained all but unknown in the US…until now. In honor of his 100th birthday, Enchanted Lion Books has just published a delightful new English translation of his masterpiece, Favole al Telefono (Telephone Tales), and we’ve created an online video read-aloud series presenting 12 stories from the book.

Rodari is known for his love of word play, nonsense, and a looking at issues of social justice and equality from a fresh, playful perspective. Telephone Tales is a collection of 70 bedtime stories told by a travelling salesman to his daughter over the telephone—each one short enough to be finished in the time allotted by a single payphone token. They’re wildly inventive, sometimes silly, sometimes surreal, and always profound—just like Gianni Rodari.

See what the New York Times had to say about Rodari and the new Edition of Telephone Tales.




This event is co-hosted by Imagination Stage

2020-10-17 00:00:00 2020-12-31 23:59:59 America/New_York Italy: Telephone Tales by Gianni Rodari European Union Delegation in the US: Italy: Telephone Tales by Gianni Rodari Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K Street NW, Suite 03, Washington, DC European Union Delegation in the US delegation-usa-info@eeas.europa.eu
October 17 - December 31, 2020

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