Nono's Pocket Watch - Ambassador Magazine Book Review

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“Nono’s Pocket Watch,” by Ray M. Vento (Review printed in the winter issue of 2012)

Beginning: Sam and Nonno Pete are sitting at the kitchen table. The morning sun pours into the kitchen through the window. Sometimes on Friday night, Sam Caruso and his mother stay at his grandparents’ house…

Looking for a sweet children’s book (ages 5-10) written from an Italian American family perspective? Ray Vento’s story about Sam’s relationship with his grandfather is a simple tale of the gift of an old pocket watch that was passed down through generations from Italy to America, and the misfortune that befalls the watch when Sam takes it to school. The book offer lessons about what’s important in life, family and heritage, and resolving anger.


Leonardo Mascaro