Academic journal article Language Arts

The Matchbox Diary

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Matchbox Diary

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The Matchbox Diary Written by Paul Fleischman Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline Candlewick, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 7636-4601-1

"Pick whatever you like the most. Then I'll tell you its story." In an expansive room full of books and collections, a little girl finds a cigar box filled with small matchboxes. The great grandfather, an immigrant, explains that there is not just one story inside, but many stories, because the boxes are his diary. In chronological order, from Italy to America, the great-grandfather opens each box, shares the tiny object, and reveals the hidden memory inside. The first box contains an olive pit. He grew up in Italy where there were many olive trees, but life was hard. When he was hungry, his mother gave him an olive pit to suck on to curb his hunger. The brown sepia-toned illustrations will take readers back in time. Only the present-day pictures of the great-grandfather and child are in bright colors. …

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