The Matchbox Diary

The Matchbox Diary

Book - 2013
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Follow a girl's perusal of her great-grandfather's collection of matchboxes and small curios that document his poignant immigration journey from Italy to a new country.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763646011
Branch Call Number: E FLE
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Ibatoulline, Bagram


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caleherreman Jul 06, 2019

An old man talks to his great-granddaughter, and tells her about his life, coming with his family from rural southern Italy to the United States. He wanted to remember these events, but could not read or write as a child, so he found matchboxes, and put items in them that could spark memories, many decades later.

A simple story that is very touching, with vivid illustrations.

Oct 19, 2018

Magnificent illustration on the cover caught my eye, and the story inside did not disappoint. Beautifully-shown story of Italian family immigrating to America.

Feb 03, 2018

This is a truly beautiful book. Moving, inspiring story, and gorgeous illustrations. A diary can be more than words. My favourites were the empty box, and the sunflower seed husks. Children and adults will love this!

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Small mementoes capture entire stories in this remarkable journey of an immigrant grandfather’s life.

Sep 20, 2013

The story of a boy who resourcefully collects items and stores them in matchboxes as a makeshift diary since he doesn't know how to write is captivating. The illustrations are first-rate and complement the words in a magnificent way.

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