I Love You This Much, Nonna,
by James L. Doti
Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
In "I Love You This Much, Nonna" little Jimmy confronts a loss in his life and ultimately learns how to accept this loss and grow emotionally from the experience. The setting is Chicago during the 1950s. Illuminating the book's storyline, the four seasons mark the passage of time.
Award-winning illustrator, Bagram Ibatoulline brings those four seasons to life with beautifully rendered and evocative scenes, many of them involving the celebrations of Christmas traditions. Jimmy's emotional growth from sadness to loneliness and ultimately to the realization that death is not a final goodbye is an important and timely lesson for everyone. A special treat is a recipe for Nonna's Biscotti di Cannella.
"I Love You This Much, Nonna" has been named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018.
For ages 6+
Hardcover, with dust cover
11.3 x 8.8 inches
James. L. Doti
James (Jimmy) Doti is the youngest grandson of Irena (Nonna) Doti, who emigrated with her husband and children from Brienza, Italy to make a new home in Chicago's Little Italy. He served as President of Chapman University for 25 years. He now serves Chapman as President Emeritus and Professor of Economics. He takes particular pride in making the best biscotti in all of Orange County.
James, (Jimmy) Doti, author