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Piccolo, the tomcat, leads a life of adventure and possibilities until two homeless kittens adopt him. Piccolo shows boys and girls about sharing their strength with those who are smaller, younger or weaker.


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Piccolo, the tomcat, leads a life of adventure and possibilities until two homeless kittens adopt him. Piccolo shows boys and girls about sharing their strength with those who are smaller, younger or weaker.

30 review for Papa Piccolo

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    3.5 STARS. Sweet story about a tomcat who takes care of two stranded kittens--begrudgingly at first, then with great affection and interest. As the Note to Parents in the back of the book mentions, it is sometimes difficult to find stories where a male figure is in the nurturing role, so I do appreciate that aspect of the tale. The largest appeal, though is that it takes place in Venice and I enjoyed the setting (there is a bit of historical and cultural notes in the inside cover of the books) a 3.5 STARS. Sweet story about a tomcat who takes care of two stranded kittens--begrudgingly at first, then with great affection and interest. As the Note to Parents in the back of the book mentions, it is sometimes difficult to find stories where a male figure is in the nurturing role, so I do appreciate that aspect of the tale. The largest appeal, though is that it takes place in Venice and I enjoyed the setting (there is a bit of historical and cultural notes in the inside cover of the books) and features CATS! ;-)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Piccolo was a carefree cat-about-town - a well-known tom on the canals of Venice, with a strong sense of adventure, a few close friends, and a pleasant routine of his own. Then one day, after encountering two abandoned kittens, and, in a moment of tenderness, singing them a sweet song from his long-ago youth, Piccolo finds himself embarking on the greatest adventure of his life. For these two feline waifs, playful and very persistent, have decided that Piccolo will be their new papa, and nothing Piccolo was a carefree cat-about-town - a well-known tom on the canals of Venice, with a strong sense of adventure, a few close friends, and a pleasant routine of his own. Then one day, after encountering two abandoned kittens, and, in a moment of tenderness, singing them a sweet song from his long-ago youth, Piccolo finds himself embarking on the greatest adventure of his life. For these two feline waifs, playful and very persistent, have decided that Piccolo will be their new papa, and nothing seems to dissuade them. Will Piccolo succeed in ridding himself of these two ragtags, or will he accept his new role as a father...? Papa Piccolo is simply an adorable book, and I thank my friend Kathryn for alerting me to it! If you have any fondness for cats at all (and I have more than a little, myself), you will be immediately won over by Marco and Polo, and by Papa Piccolo! I enjoyed the heartwarming story, loved the Venetian setting, and appreciated that the didactic purpose - to reinforce the idea that men too can be nurturing parental figures - never overwhelmed the narrative. The artwork by Itoko Maeno - whose illustrations appear in the beautiful picture-book Minou , also about cats - is delightful, capturing the expressions of each feline perfectly!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Radisavljevic

    Piccolo is a carefree tomcat who lives in the narrow streets and alleys of Venice, Italy. He leads an independent life and is respected by the other cats in his territory. But one night he discovers something that threatens his carefree life and independence and starts him on a new adventure -- the adoption of two kittens who need a home and a mentor. In turn, they help him to discover his own tender heart. The gorgeous illustrations will appeal to cat lovers and children will also discover the Piccolo is a carefree tomcat who lives in the narrow streets and alleys of Venice, Italy. He leads an independent life and is respected by the other cats in his territory. But one night he discovers something that threatens his carefree life and independence and starts him on a new adventure -- the adoption of two kittens who need a home and a mentor. In turn, they help him to discover his own tender heart. The gorgeous illustrations will appeal to cat lovers and children will also discover the world along the streets and canals of Venice from a cat's viewpoint. I do sell this as a new book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    It was about a tomcat in Venice, and there are facts about Venice in the cover pages. I learned about gondolas, regattas, and adoption.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Fox

    A very catloving book for sure. It tells the tale of a streetwise tomcat that finds two kittens which get a bit clingy. By and by he comes to look out for them and finally raise them as his own. A neat little tale about single fatherhood. Sort of a Silas Marner for Cats (I can't believe I just said that). The artwork is adorable. You can hear purrs on every page. Lots of text. Somewhat satisfying although some pages feel a bit stiff. But very satisfying. I hope there are more in the series as th A very catloving book for sure. It tells the tale of a streetwise tomcat that finds two kittens which get a bit clingy. By and by he comes to look out for them and finally raise them as his own. A neat little tale about single fatherhood. Sort of a Silas Marner for Cats (I can't believe I just said that). The artwork is adorable. You can hear purrs on every page. Lots of text. Somewhat satisfying although some pages feel a bit stiff. But very satisfying. I hope there are more in the series as this was a good origin story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lucca

    I liked how this book introduced another city and country to the reader if you aren’t familiar with Italy. We also liked that the main character was a cat.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erica Flory

    I like the message to disregard stereotypical gender roles

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

    Oh, this is a good one, and not just because it starts and ends with a lot of facts about Venice and Italy. This picture book about Venetian cats starts off simply but becomes quite complex by the conclusion. There's a lot of possibilities for discussion from this book, and the author includes a page of possible discussion topics for educators. Very nice! Oh, this is a good one, and not just because it starts and ends with a lot of facts about Venice and Italy. This picture book about Venetian cats starts off simply but becomes quite complex by the conclusion. There's a lot of possibilities for discussion from this book, and the author includes a page of possible discussion topics for educators. Very nice!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    A note at the end of this book indicates that the author wanted to depict a male being a good single parent, so she did it with cats. Piccolo reluctantly, at first, adopts two stray kittens, and teaches them how to take care of themselves. It's so cute, and takes place in Venice. Questions at the end of the book can be used for discussion. Recommended! A note at the end of this book indicates that the author wanted to depict a male being a good single parent, so she did it with cats. Piccolo reluctantly, at first, adopts two stray kittens, and teaches them how to take care of themselves. It's so cute, and takes place in Venice. Questions at the end of the book can be used for discussion. Recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Piccolo is a tomcat who prowls the waterways and alleys of Venice. One day on a bridge he discovered a box containing two small kittens who had been abandoned. Who will take care of them? This is a great story about compassion and responsibility, and it's beautifully illustrated too! Piccolo is a tomcat who prowls the waterways and alleys of Venice. One day on a bridge he discovered a box containing two small kittens who had been abandoned. Who will take care of them? This is a great story about compassion and responsibility, and it's beautifully illustrated too!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    This was a great way to introduce Italy/Venice to my animal loving children. The last page of the book has a lot of mumbo jumbo about "gender rolls" etc that is enough to make me gag, but I didn't read that part to the kids! This was a great way to introduce Italy/Venice to my animal loving children. The last page of the book has a lot of mumbo jumbo about "gender rolls" etc that is enough to make me gag, but I didn't read that part to the kids!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Devin Lind

    I was unable to read the book - hence the lack of a rating. It was unreadable (due to the small print I could not increase) on my Android app, and refused to open in my Kindle for PC. It looks like a cute book, though.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hartkopp

    Not all families look alike. I enjoyed the unique representation of an adopted father in this book. My daughter loves the illustrations. though it's an ambitious book for a two year old it was one of the first that she memorized. She has been "reading" it to us for over a year now. Not all families look alike. I enjoyed the unique representation of an adopted father in this book. My daughter loves the illustrations. though it's an ambitious book for a two year old it was one of the first that she memorized. She has been "reading" it to us for over a year now.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I really liked this tale of a cat named Piccolo who lives in Venice. The story was cute and the water color illustrations were delightful. The inside covers give good information about Venice also.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    About a boy cat in Venice that ends up raising kittens. Just an "eh" book. Read once and never requested again (and that from a girl that LOVES cat stories.) About a boy cat in Venice that ends up raising kittens. Just an "eh" book. Read once and never requested again (and that from a girl that LOVES cat stories.)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Everyone needs someone! And adoption is a wonderful thing!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Very cute story!! My daughter had me read this over and over and stil when she sees it wants to read it again!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindi P.

    A story of a male cat and a fun adventure caring for stray kittens. Themes: Caring for those younger, adventures in Venice, Italy. Nice illustrations.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Claire McGinn

    Week 3 w/ FIAR. I'm in love with this book! Week 3 w/ FIAR. I'm in love with this book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  21. 5 out of 5

    OurFamilyBookShelf

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ana

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richey Family

  24. 4 out of 5

    Oksana

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Murdock

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  28. 5 out of 5

    Clara

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Valletta

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah May

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