Grandfather Whisker’s Table

Young Enzo lives in Siena, Italy, during the Renaissance. He and his father attend the festival for the Palio di Siena horse race, where Enzo buys a toy woodpecker for his little brother. The piazza is so crowded that Enzo is afraid he will lose the toy. An old man named Grandfather Whiskers who loans and exchanges money at the festival agrees to keep the toy safe. He gives Enzo a receipt that Enzo must be careful not to lose. Stylized artwork enhances the story set in this period in the history of economy and culture. This installment in the Trade Winds series offers readers historical information about the first known bank. Back matter provides further information about the first banks, the city of Siena, and different currencies. A map, key terms and concepts, and a timeline are also included.  mjw
Title: Grandfather Whisker’s Table
Author: Eun-jeong Jo
Illustrator
: Bimba Landmann
Publisher
: Eerdman”s Publishing Co.  Grand Rapids, MI
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Korean
Editor:  Joy Cowley
Original Publisher
: Yeowon Media Co. Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2017
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5474-2
Paperback pages
: 36
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Picture book, Historical fiction
Book setting
: Siena, Italy
Author’s ethnicity
: Korean
Author’s residence
: South Korea
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Italian
Illustrator’s residence
: Milan, Italy
Subjects
: Banks and banking, History 15th century, Lost and found, Possessions

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