From neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini to physicist Giorgio Baresi, there are all Italian winners of the Nobel Prizes for Science with the other categories in the graphic novel “21 Nobels for Italy”, born from the pencils Antonio Merisi, Caterina Capelli and Elena Triolo (Piemme, 144 pages, €16.50 ).
The book shows nine middle school children who, stimulated by their teacher, wonder what they will do when they grow up. There is Pietro, for example, who wants to be a footballer and dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or; Serena, who would like to be a teacher; Alex, who fancies himself a scientist, and Bilal, who intends to work in his father’s shop. They could not be more different from each other, and yet everyone will find inspiration in the stories of the 21 Italians who received the most prestigious award. Their biographies are told in a simple and captivating way to engage young readers, who can identify themselves, for example, in the mess of Giorgio Baresi’s bedroom as a child or in Carlo Robbia’s refusal of university entrance exams.
Whether for medicine, chemistry, physics, literature, peace or economics, the 21 Italian Nobel Prizes pave the way for young people to imagine ever new successes.
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