THE MARBLE FOUNTAIN by Valenti Angelo
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THE MARBLE FOUNTAIN

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A touching, absorbing story of two orphan children in post-war Italy, rich in humanity, humor and understanding. Of the two brothers, Andrea was the more practical, directing his younger brother, Piccolo, in the long, tiresome trip to the home of their Aunt Tina and Uncle Gigi, yet it was Piccolo, who loved animals and who had wonderful strange dreams, who brought to their new home most of the excitement. The children witness the miraculous event when the status of St. Francis is discovered buried beneath a Lank, the installation of the statue and the renovation of the marble fountain base in the square which somehow gave courage to the people of the little village to begin rebuilding their homes after the crushing destruction of the war. The children are lively, brave, convincing, and some of the adults -- the busy, busy Mayor, kindly Brother Lorenzo, genial Father Bellacosa, old Gobo who plays the clarinet -- are real and likable.

Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 1951
Publisher: Viking