The dance of the frogs
Introducing young readers to scientific subjects through the story of someone of their own age is an excellent starting point for a novel that, with its enchanting illustrations, was one of the finalists for the Premio Strega 2020 for children. Antonio, the son of a miller, breaks with family tradition and becomes an assistant to Lazzaro Spallanzani, a naturalist and biologist who lived in the eighteenth century. Antonio works in the laboratory of this illustrious scientist, where he enters a world of lengthy studies and experiments on frogs, and where he tries to understand the work being done by the man who is considered to be the “scientific father” of artificial insemination. Amid mysterious deceptions, budding infatuations, and existential inquiries, our young protagonist will learn the most important lesson of his life when he reaches the crossroads of destiny.
La danza delle rane
Guido Quarzo, Anna Vivarelli Illustrations by Silvia Mauri