Monday, June 7, 2010

Europa 2010: libri per l' infanzia

Many thanks Giovanni for this great registered cover with Europa stamps :-))) The Italian Europa 2010 stamps ("libri per l' infanzia" or "Books for Children") were issued on 7 May 2010. Featuring on the stamps are Pinocchio (€ 0,60) and Geronimo Stilton (€ 0,65).

Pinocchio is a fictional character that first appeared in 1883, in The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Carved from a piece of pine by woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, he was created as a wooden puppet, but dreamt of becoming a real boy. The name Pinocchio is a Tuscan word meaning "pine nut" (the standard Italian term is pinolo). Pinocchio is known for having a long nose that becomes longer when he is under stress, especially while telling a lie.

Geronimo Stilton is a best-selling children's book series published by Edizioni Piemme of Milan, Italy, since 2000. In the series, the title character is a talking mouse who lives in New Mouse City on Mouse Island. A best-selling author, Geronimo Stilton works as a journalist for the fictional newspaper The Rodent's Gazette. He has a younger sister (Thea Stilton), a cousin (Trap Stilton) and a favourite little nephew (Benjamin Stilton). Geronimo is a nervous, mild-mannered mouse who would like nothing better than to live a quiet life, but he keeps getting involved in far-away adventures with Thea, Trap, and Benjamin. The books are written as though they are autobiographical adventure stories. The book was originated in Italy but had been translated into 35 languages.

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