Mysterious Giant of Barletta

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HMH Books for Young Readers August 2019 (Originally published 1984)

From best-selling author and illustrator, Tomie dePaola, comes this reissued adapted Italian folktale of how a town was saved by their beloved giant statue.

In the southern part of Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, is the town of Barletta. In this quiet town, there is a gigantic statue of a young Man. Some say it's the largest statue in all of Europe, but no one knows exactly how it got there or who it is supposed to be.

One thing is for sure—the people of Barletta love their Mysterious Giant and love to tell stories about him. This is one of their favorite stories to tell—how the giant statue saved their town.

32 pages                                              978-1328622655                                      Ages 4-7

Keywords:  folktale, Italy, statue, heroes, art, Europe, multicultural, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old

******** 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. --from the publisher

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