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Books without words by Iela and Enzo Mari

la mela e la farfallaThe books by Iela and Enzo Mari are so perfect for our little international audience of readers — I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write about them! Not only are the iconic illustrations so beautiful and the stories so sweet, but they are completely wordless so there’s no language barrier for non-English speaking kids.

The books, including La Mela e la Farfalla (‘Apple and the Butterfly’, pictured left) all depict natural cycles and playful transformations.  Iela Mari beautifully conveys the cycle of caterpillar to butterfly, or, in another book, a chicken laying an egg .

What is also so nice about a story without words is that it allows the reader to interpret the story on a personal level and really soak up the details of the images. Your kids will love them too because they can ‘read’ them on their own!


(Images from Animalarium.)


Comments (4)

November 17, 2009

The pictures look so beautiful, and I love the bright colours!!

November 18, 2009

Great! Beautiful illustrations and really useful when children speak more than one language. Thanks!

November 18, 2009

Courtney! I am always very impressed by your book choices… another one to go on our wish list. Luckily Christmas is coming and I know have two little ones to buy for (Pippa arrived last week…) Maggy

November 20, 2009

Lovely bright colours – I will definitely check this one out! Thanks for the beautiful book posts.

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