Francesco's Fountain

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Francesco, a 12-year old apprentice stonemason leaves his small village to go to Rome in 1748. He works on the Trevi Fountain with his uncle, who designed it, and some other young apprentices. His errands and work take him all over this city of confusing streets and alleys. Francesco's adventurous spirit and his common sense help him to navigate and understand Rome. While Francesco and the other apprentices are fictional characters, his uncle, Nicola Salvi and the other architects and sculptors are real historical figures. Under the guidance of these men, Francesco learns how to inspect marble and how to carve sculptural details. He learns about aqueducts and fountains and solves the mystery of the stolen water. When Rome is flooded in 1750 he helps save the Trevi Fountain. The death of his beloved uncle forces him to leave Rome, but not until he fulfills his promise to finish his work on the fountain.
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  • By Don Bartlett
    Jul 31, 2011
    This book could fascinate anyone! The young audience ( I would guess 8 - 14) is sure to embrace it, but I believe that anyone interested in art history, Italian culture, people's history/ lives of artisans, sculpture, or even public works and civic engineering, would find much to love in this book. Both the author and the illustrator deal with challenging material, and both succeed elegantly. This book does a remarkable job of revealing the art, humanity, work and dedication behind the world's favorite public fountain. Like the Trevi fountain, this book is a delight for all who experience it.
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First Edition
Four Fountains Press
September 27, 2011
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