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"The Tree and the Magician"-
published L’ Arco e La Corte - Bari-Italy.​
"Now you are ready"
Edizioni Messaggero Padova 2020
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Vite di sogni

Editorial project of biographies and illustrated stories for children and young people started in 2017 by Paola Ancilotto, Maria Distefano and Carmen Perin.
In our biographies, significant moments in the lives of great authors of literature are linked with their creations (places, stories, objects, characters, atmospheres…) through poetic language and evocative images: the resulting ensemble recalls the evanescence of dreams and their being without boundaries, as if they were hymns to the power of imagination.
And enshrined within the pages of the book is a map representing the path of the protagonist’s life, the mystery of his immense talent, the treasure trove of works he bequeathed to us. And finally, we think that it is interesting and important for young people today to learn about the lives of great authors and to find in them the spark of creation, that special moment when inspiration is unexpectedly and suddenly born. We believe that in this way young people are helped and encouraged to grow that seed of creativity that we all have (for one or another discipline or activity, be it theoretical, practical, operational, artistic, musical or other).

LATEST PUBLICATIONS
Picture book : “Ora sei pronto! Ora sei pronta!’ (Now you’re ready! ) Edizioni Messaggero Padova.
It is a picture book dedicated to parents-to-be, but also to all those who embrace the arrival of a new Life in their family.

 “I Tarocchi Perdutidi Tolkien – Eterea Edizioni.
A series of 22 Major Arcana inspired by the fantastic world of J.R.R. Tolkien, 21 Blades plus the Fool, who could only be Tolkien himself, the free creator. “Everything happens when you are ready for it”: never was that phrase so prophetic. Juxtaposing Tolkien’s creatures with the Major Arcana was a fascinating journey full of discoveries, which allowed Paola Ancilotto, author, to explore a universe of multiform and iridescent characters.
Maria, illustrator, thanks to Eterea Edizioni, has brought to completion that dear, distant project left unfinished, with the collaboration of Carmen, graphic and digital designer, who has digitally elaborated it, transforming it into the cards “The Lost Tarot”; an enchanting gift for all J.R.R.Tolkien, Fantasy and Tarot enthusiasts.

J.R.R. Tolkien -“L’Albero e il Mago”
(“The Tree and the Magician”)
– Editions L’Arco e La Corte.
Our biography is dedicated to the father of fantasy literature, J.R.R. Tolkien, creator, as we know, of the extraordinary and complete world that is Middle-earth, with its geography, its peoples, its history, its language, its myths…
The Wizard is the author…and the tree? The tree is Laocoön, a large black pine tree beside which Tolkien loved to sit, reflect, write, read and correct his pupils’ homework. And the tree is also represented in the map, inside the book: among its branches we read the important stages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s life, among its branches we glimpse objects and characters, real or imaginary, dancing together between the real and imaginary worlds.

2) “L’Aviatore e il Piccolo Principe”  Editions da Fede & Cultura.
This illustrated biography celebrates Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and starts from the submerged wreckage
of his Lockheed P38 Lightning aircraft to reconstruct, in a sequence of flashbacks, the most significant events of his life experience, so adventurous and intense, devoted to self-sacrifice, in the footsteps of a heroic ideal and a vision of universal brotherhood. And as his literary works fully reflect his life, the book retraces the places and experiences that shaped his imagination: the infinite skies, the desert, silence, suffering, solitude, cyclones, his love for Consuelo, the study of flying and patents… And again his tension towards action, the war and the fight against Nazism, his stay during the last months of his life in Baia di Porto Conte (Alghero) in Sardinia.
A map inside the book evokes the most significant moments in the life of the author of ‘The Little Prince’, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Paola Ancilotto
writer
Paola writes stories, tales, audio-tales and artistic and historic itineraries about Venice for children; and comedy theatre plays and biographies for young adults. She loves collaborating with different artists on multi-disciplinary projects because she believes in the synaesthesia of the arts, in team working, and in shared goals.
Maria Distefano
illustrator




Maria works as a freelance illustrator as well as art tutor. She provides creative projects and art workshops for children, young adults and adults, aimed at developing one’s own creative potential. Since 2008, in collaboration with the Group Valigia dei Sogni, Maria runs art workshops based on the Affectivity Theory, in schools, libraries and museums.
Carmen Perin
graphics and digital designer


Carmen is a freelance graphic designer, artworker and video editor.
More recently she has also started working as a children’s entertainer and art tutor.
Paolo Loffredo
digital video editing


Paolo is a creative individual, with a passion for visual communication, Web design and video production. He runs creative workshops for schools, where he puts an emphasis on narrative.

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