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Count Silvernose: A Story from Italy

by Eric A. Kimmel

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Count Silver nose: A Story from Italy was a pretty gruesome story to read. I had never read a version of this story so it was all new to me. This story was about three sisters who get into a difficult situation with the count Silvernose. When the count comes and tells one of the sisters to go with him, the two younger sisters’ fall for his charm and run off with him. The oldest sister, and the wisest, pleads with her sisters not to go but they do not listen. When the count comes back and tells the older sister to go with him, she agrees in order to figure out what happened to her sisters. Once she goes to his house he has a list of chores for her to do and tells her not to go into one of the rooms in the house. Once the count leaves she opens the door and discovers what happened to her sisters and takes revenge on the count for what he has done. I think the illustrator did a fantastic job on the illustrations of the characters and the setting in general. The illustrations gave a good picture about when the stories took place and were very detailed. I think children who enjoy a little gruesomeness in their stories would really enjoy this book. At the end of the book it does say that this is a true story, even though it fairy-tale like qualities. Overall I think it’s a very interesting read. ( )
  NihadKased | Sep 20, 2016 |
Taken from Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales, this outstanding picture-book follows the story of Assunta, an unattractive young woman - complete with glass eye and a wart on her nose - who must step in to free her two younger sisters, when they leave home to work for the sinister Count Silvernose, and never return. Agreeing to become the Count's servant herself, Assunta not only manages to save Maria and Carmela from a terrible fate, but to trick her enemy into carrying them home!

A variant of the famous tale of Bluebeard and his forbidden closet, Count Silvernose features that rarest of fairy-tale heroines: the girl who isn't a beauty, doesn't become one, and isn't romantically paired off by the end of the story. I loved that Assunta triumphs through wit, rather than appearance, and I really appreciated the fact that Omar Rayyan captured that with his illustrations. Assunta isn't beautiful, and the artwork - while very lovely itself - doesn't function to smooth over or occlude that fact. So many stories communicate the idea - directly or indirectly - that a woman's physical appearance is one of the most important things about her, that it is refreshing to find one that emphasizes its heroine's intelligence and generosity of spirit. It's also unusual to find the eldest sister functioning as the heroine, when most tales of this type highlight younger siblings. All in all, a wonderful book, with an appealing narrative and fabulous illustrations! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 2, 2013 |
The best thing about this Italian folk tale is that a woman is the hero. She's clever and strong and she outwits a magical count who abducts women.
  kellw | Mar 18, 2013 |
This the story of a girl name Asunta . Asunta was ugly but very clever . She had 2 sisters that went to live with a silvernose count and Asunta with her cleverness is able to ave them and lock the count forever . People say that they find the keys that show that she locked the count inside the Church of Santa Maria Maggiorie. ( )
  cmesa1 | Apr 8, 2012 |
This is a story from Italy retold by Kimmel. Count Silvernose is about three sisters who live with their mother, a washerwoman. The two youngest sisters, Carmel and Maria, only care about marrying wealthy and handsome princes. The oldest sister, Assunta, is smart, but not attractive. When her sisters do not return from the castle, she agrees to go with Count Silvernose and uses her cleverness to outsmart him and save her sisters. Count Silvernose, a man with a silver nose, arrives and the two youngest unwisely go to work at the castle with him. This classic Italian story originates from a time period when it was common for someone who lost his or her nose to wear a silver replacement. The illustrations are intricate watercolor drawings that reflect the time period and culture. ( )
  LisaBohman | Apr 17, 2011 |
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This story is retold from a version in Italo Calvino's classic collection, Italian Folktales. When noblemen carried swords and were quick to use them, it was not unusual for a person who had lost his nose in a duel or in battle to wear a gold or silver replacement.
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"The third sister, Assunta, knew that no prince would ever carry her off. She had broad shoulders and big feet"(Kimmel 1).
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823412164, Hardcover)

The two younger daughters of an old washerwoman are lovely, foolish, and useless, while the oldest is homely, clever, and strong. When the two younger sisters disappear and are reported dead, Assunta resolves to discover the truth and rescue her sisters. Rayyan's impressive watercolors resemble a Renaissance sketchbook and balance the narrative beautifully. Full color.

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A washerwoman's clever oldest daughter finds a way to rescue her two foolish sisters from the cruel Count Silvernose.

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