Pisa Loves Bella

A Towering Tale of Kindness

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Pub Date 30 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 24 Apr 2024
MB Publishing | Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles

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Description

Welcome to Pisa!

I’m thrilled you dropped by.

I’m Bella the bell tower—

Eight stories high!

And so begins this uplifting rhyming tale told by Bella, Italy’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. For hundreds of years, Bella has felt proud of her gravity-defying tilt. But her confidence is tested one day when she overhears hurtful words about her appearance. Bella responds by making a big change, one that leaves the residents of Pisa and visitors from around the world worried that their treasured tower will never be the same again.

Splashed with joyful art, memorable rhymes, and Italian expressions, Pisa Loves Bella is a celebratory and heartfelt story—as sweet as spumoni!—about kindness toward others and yourself. 

Welcome to Pisa!

I’m thrilled you dropped by.

I’m Bella the bell tower—

Eight stories high!

And so begins this uplifting rhyming tale told by Bella, Italy’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. For hundreds of...


A Note From the Publisher

Illustrated by Barbara Bongini

Illustrated by Barbara Bongini


Advance Praise

“Families looking to get their kids excited about a vacation to Italy need this book! Its colorful illustrations, easy-to-read rhymes, and messages of kindness and acceptance deliver just the right dose of wanderlust and heart, and the glossary of Italian words is a bonus —families will have a lot of fun practicing together!"

—AMIE O’SHAUGHNESSY, FOUNDER AND CEO OF CIAO BAMBINO, AN AWARD-WINNING FAMILY TRAVEL AGENCY

"A wonderfully uplifting read that rolls off the tongue and wraps you up in one big hug!"

—JOE MCGEE, AUTHOR OF THE JUNIOR MONSTER SCOUTS SERIES, NIGHT FRIGHTS SERIES, AND CREATURE CAMPERS SERIES

“A delightful and beautifully illustrated book! Children will love this story and its deeper message, and along the way will learn about a wonderful place in Italy through its catchy rhymes. This book is a winner!”

—CORINNA COOKE, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE GLAM ITALIA! TRAVEL GUIDES

“. . . a feast for the eye, a thrill for the ear, a joy for the soul! The vibrant and enchanting illustrations capture the charms of Italy and the big-hearted, life-affirming spirit of Italians. Readers of all ages will savor its sweetness. Brava!”

—DIANNE HALES, BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF LA BELLA LINGUA, LA PASSIONE AND MONA LISA

“The bouncy rhymes and sly touches of humor cleverly convey an important message for young children of kindness and self-acceptance that is enhanced by the lively illustrations. This is a sweet story with lots of heart.”

—MAXINE ROSE SCHUR, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

"Kimberly Lovato masterfully combines an Italian icon and a message of kindness in this upbeat tale of the Tower of Pisa’s acceptance of her unconventional lean. Kids and adults alike will be delighted by the playful rhymes and tongue-twirly Italian words, and cheer as the town comes together to support its loveable landmark. Perfecto!”

—ELISA PARHAD, MOM AND AUTHOR OF NEW YORK IS . . . & POOL PARTY

“Adorable illustrations and catchy rhymes bring to life important themes of kindness and how our differences make us unique. And it certainly makes me want to book a trip to Pisa with my son to see Bella in real life. Brava!”

—BLANE BACHELOR, TRAVEL JOURNALIST AND MOM

"Pisa Loves Bella tugs at the heart with a sweet and creative story about one of Italy's most iconic symbols. Kids will be captivated by the colorful illustrations and not only learn something about Italian culture but a big life lesson as well. Complimenti to Kimberly and Barbara! I will be buying a copy for all of the tiny budding Italophiles I know!"

—KATHY McCABE, HOST OF 'DREAM OF ITALY' ON PBS & FOUNDER OF DREAM OF ITALY MAGAZINE

“Families looking to get their kids excited about a vacation to Italy need this book! Its colorful illustrations, easy-to-read rhymes, and messages of kindness and acceptance deliver just the right...


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ISBN 9798987140185
PRICE $12.95 (USD)
PAGES 42

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This was the CUTEST story! 💖 I also read this story to my girls! They really enjoyed it and loved the lesson it taught! I throughly enjoy stories that teach a lesson, and this book encourages speaking words of love & life over everyone instead of unkind words. I also enjoyed how this book does three things: teaches geography, teaches children a new language, and teaches a moral lesson! Great book! Another 5 star read, and my kids agree!

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Step into the enchanting world of Pisa with 'Pisa Loves Bella,' a heartwarming tale narrated by Bella, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. The story unfolds with Bella's pride in her distinctive tilt, which has stood for centuries. However, when faced with hurtful comments about her appearance, Bella decides to make a significant change, leaving the people of Pisa and visitors concerned about the future of their beloved landmark.

In this uplifting rhyming adventure, the book beautifully captures the themes of kindness and self-acceptance, all while being splashed with joyful art, memorable rhymes, and authentic Italian expressions. 'Pisa Loves Bella' is not just a celebration of a world-famous monument but also a charming reminder about embracing uniqueness and treating others with compassion. This delightful story, as sweet as spumoni, will resonate with readers of all ages, spreading a message of love and acceptance

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Think of Pisa, and you immediately think Leaning Tower of, at least I do. People take photos of the famous landmark at all hours of the day and night, and everyone loves it. Or do they? What would happen if the Tower itself could hear the comments both good and bad? Well ...

This is the story of exactly that. It's about what happens to start things off and how, eventually, a mistake is rectified. Told in verse with beautiful bright and cheerful illustrations, it is a fun way to make younger children realise how words can hurt, however big and strong you look. There is also a glossary to help with pronunciation. I enjoyed it very much.

I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, MB Publishing, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles, but the opinions expressed are my own. This is a great read, especially for anyone heading to Italy for their holidays.

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I loved the message of this book. You have to love yourself the way you are, flaws and all, and you are also loved by others! This was a cute way to share that message with children as well as introduce them to this wonder of Pisa that they may otherwise not have heard of.

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Pisa Loves Bella’s is a super cute children’s story about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and how mean words can hurt. I loved the small bits of history and teaching Italian (it was perfect for my four year old!). The social emotional messaging was perfectly fine. It made sense with the story and didn’t seem to have been awkwardly added in like an afterthought like most SEL books we read. As a mom of girls that doesn’t want them to grow up and be “mean girls” -I appreciated the message of kind words and how words can hurt and change how others view themselves. I also appreciated the subtle body image messaging. Overall, great book that we will add to our shelf to read again and again. Thanks NetGalley for providing us with a copy to review!

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Thank you so much for the advanced copy of Pisa Loves Bella.
This was such a fun story about loving yourself for who you are and not letting thorny (mean words) take root and make you want to change. For someone who loves to travel and a teacher that loves to expose her students to different cities and places, I love that Pisa is the setting of this book. I love that it incorporated a little bit of Italian and that a glossary at the end was included. The rhyming throughout the story was a great touch as well. I will definitely be adding this story to my personal school library and will be recommending it to our school librarian and even our counselors to help teach lessons of kindness.

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I read this book to my little sister and at the end of it, I asked her what she thought of it. She said it was “amazing” and “incredible”.
The illustrations in this book were very pretty, and the plot was pretty solid. Bella was a good character. We liked how she changed herself after hearing those mean comments, but then realized she was amazing just the way she was.
This story teaches kids a very important lesson: Don’t change yourself for a couple of mean people, because there are people who love you just the way you are, and they matter more than the people who don’t appreciate your true self. At the end of the day, the best person to be is yourself.

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My daughters are avid bookworms, so am always looking for new things for them to devour. My 7 year old daughter described it as joyful and romantic and my 4 year old loved the illustrations.
I enjoyed reading this with them

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Such a cute book! We are hoping to visit Pisa this year and this book was fab to get my daughter excited. She loved the pictures and the rhyming ❤

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This book was not only fun and colorful, but an important history and language lesson as well. Perfect for little homeschoolers! My kiddo loved it.

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My niece and I enjoyed the rhymes and illustrations all while learning about the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I explained what some of the Italian phrases meant and after we finished reading, we looked the Leaning Tower of Pisa up so that she was able to see what it looked like in real life. It was a cute story and might help to get kids excited about seeing other parts of the world.

Thank you to NetGalley and MB Publishing for allowing me to read an ARC of this novel. #NetGalley #PisaLovesBella

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What a sweet book about being kind and acceptance.

Pisa has been a place many people have loved going to until one day she hears four meanies talk badly about her tilt. She decides to straighten up and then she realizes how much people loved her tilt.

We only hear the negative sometimes. It is important to focus on the positives. Good job enforcing this.

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I love this book: the message is beautiful and very clear throughout the story (and pictures), the pictures are so well drawn and the Italian details are so good! I love how the story is sweet, there's lots of details in the drawings and at the end there's actual history and information about the tower. I highly recommend!

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This was such a cute book to read and I definitely want to read it to my nieces and nephews! The art was so colorful, bright, and beamed happiness. This children’s book follows the story of Bella, a bell tower, in Pisa who becomes sad when people say mean things about Bella’s appearance. This causes Bella to become very upset huffing and puffing until Bella undergoes a huge transformation. Now Bella sees things from a new perspective, much higher than before, where Bella can now appreciate rainbows, sunsets, stars, and more! After this transformation everyone worries they will not see Bella, the leaning tower, the same anymore and Bella learns to love who she is flaws and all. I think the overall message of this story was to become accepting of one’s self and to watch what you say to others. This is very important for kids to learn at a young age!

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I adored this book and I think children will love it too. This book teaches children about kindness and acceptance. The illustrations are well-designed and eye-catching. The story was written creatively. By this I mean, it's not just straightforward saying to be nice and accept others. The characters guide readers into learning about kindness and accepting others as they are.

Love Always, Catherine

I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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I recently moved to Italy but have sadly yet to visit Pisa, I loved the look of this little Italian children's story about their leaning tower. A lovely rhyming story about the damage of harsh words, with a message to focus on the positives and self-love, this beautifully illustrated story is perfect for children. The illustrations were super bright and engaging, perfect for the style and content. I loved the inclusion of some of the easier and more well-known Italian words/phrases to teach a little bit of Italian and make it feel even more authentic since Bella (the tower) is the narrating character. The glossary at the end that translated and explained the Italian bits was good too. I also really liked the fact there was a little section at the end with more information at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. There was info in there I didn't know and will teach the kids a little more about the tower on top of the nice story and its message.

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Meet Bella the bell tower as she shares her story with the people of Pisa.

This is a thought provoking tale showing the importance of being kind and how you should never change yourself for other people. Individuality is a gift.

What a powerful message that is conveyed in this book. Be kind. This is a lesson that will never get old and I felt the way it was expressed in this book was creative and engaging.

I also found the history around the tower and the glossary to be a brilliant touch.

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Pisa Loves Bella is a fun and engaging picture book for all ages. Bella is a famous tower that has always been a little imperfect, marked by the way she leans to one side. After overhearing people commenting on her uniqueness in a not-so-nice way, Bella becomes self-conscious and wants to change. But with the help of Pisa, she realizes she’s perfect just the way she is. This title is beautifully illustrated, and the story is the perfect opening to bring awareness to how we’re all different and all worthy. I loved it and would definitely recommend it to every classroom and library!

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This book surprised me. It turned out to a very adorable tale about self-acceptance and had a lot of disability representation as well. It was truly adorable and I would 100% buy this for my child's library, if I had a child

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