It takes people with all kinds of talents to make a community flourish! In this moving story, a king gains a new appreciation for the people of his kingdom after realizing he’s made a mistake building a wall. With simple yet profound illustrations and pop-up and disappearing wall elements, children will learn how a community can be harmed when barriers are built and thrive when people come together.
Visually compelling—Foreword Reviews
The Wall: A Timeless Tale is a joyful celebration of diversity, bar none! —Storywraps
Readers will see before the doltish king does that it takes a diverse populace to create the richness of edifices, art, and science the king desires. Macri and Zanotti make it clear that shutting people out only weakens a kingdom, and they do it with laughter, not argument.—Publishers Weekly
Adults will find this a fine poke at extreme nationalism, but children will easily realize how silly it is to only want people around you who look exactly like you. A great discussion starter.—Kiss the Book, Jr.
This colorful interactive children’s book set in a fictional kingdom helps children understand borders—and the importance of tearing them down.—Colorlines Magazine
Teaches all of us that our differences is what makes this world work.—The Squishable Baby
A great way to introduce kids to the importance of diversity from an early age.—Motherhood Moment (blog)
"Fun to read..."—School Library Journal
An appealing story that deserves read-aloud and discussion between adults and kids.—Midwest Book Review
"...a good lesson in appreciating our differences and the strengths of a diverse community."—GeekDad.com
This book is a great way to show children why we need all types of people in the world. In fact, many adults can learn a thing or two from reading this book. —JustaBXMom.com
A beautifully presented and entertaining story with a timely underlying message that is particularly relevant today.—Midwest Book Review
A bright, humorous, and lively book with a sweet and very simple style designed to facilitate conversation about complex issues, educate, and entertain without causing kids or grownups too much pain.—Quartz
This colorful interactive children’s book set in a fictional kingdom helps children understand borders—and the importance of tearing them down.—ColorLines Magazine
The Wall is a great early stepping stone to human decency.—The Almost Cool Dad
An excellent way to tell the story of what diversity brings to communities.—Sam Manno Host and Producer of Children’s Programming, Montana Public Radio
Giancarlo Macri is a journalist, writer, actor, and musician, born in Mileto, Italy. He formed the Banda Osiris an Italian music and theater ensemble. He is the author of several children's books.
Carolina Zanotti is an Italian journalist specializing in music and theatre. Passionate about the visual arts, she has participated in several national and international exhibitions. She collaborates on the entertainment section of magazines, and with art galleries. She has written several successful books and theatre shows for children.
Elisa Vallarino and Mauro Sacco have been studying and teaching calligraphy for many years. They also teach illustration at IED Turin. They are married and have one child.
Mauro Sacco and Elisa Vallarino have been studying and teaching calligraphy for many years. They also teach illustration at IED Turin. Mauro and Elisa are married and have one child.