Sebastian is learning to read now that he’s in first grade–and it’a all in Italian. His little primer is about a baby bird, Pitti, and his mother. The first page says:
La mamma è buona
That’s it! That’s the first page that Sebastian has ever read in Italian. He had begun to read in English at home. But here he is starting over, since the sounds and phonograms are different. Thus begins our adventure. At least these Italians love their mammas!