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Rafael in Italy A Geographical Reader   By: (1872-)

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Transcriber's Note:

The Vocabulary at the end of the book gives the Phonetic pronunciation of the Italian words used in the book.

The Unicode alphabets have been given wherever available. But the following two Phonetic diacritical marks do not have a Unicode representation.

inverted "T" (uptack)

"T" (downtack)

[Illustration: ON THE APPIAN WAY]

LITTLE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE

RAFAEL IN ITALY

A GEOGRAPHICAL READER

BY ETTA BLAISDELL McDONALD

Joint author of "Boy Blue and His Friends," "The Child Life Readers," etc.

AND JULIA DALRYMPLE

Author of "Little Me Too," "The Make Believe Boys," etc.

SCHOOL EDITION

BOSTON

LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY

1910

Copyright , 1909 ,

BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

PREFACE

The very best way to understand the life and customs of a foreign country is to visit it. If that is impossible one may still learn much by reading a story of the people who live there. As this is true of grown people, so is it true of children. They can become acquainted with the children of other lands by reading stories of their simple, daily life, and by living it for a little while within the pages of the story book.

It is no longer the fashion for our school children to learn by rote the facts written down in their geography about all the corners of the earth; they must know rather the children in these foreign lands, the sights they see, their work and play, their festivals and holidays, their homes, their ambitions.

Such a tale is told in this little book about Italy. Rafael Valla, a lad of fourteen, is seen first in Venice; he rows his boat on the canals, hears the music of the band in the Square of St. Mark, goes to the Rialto bridge for the serenade, and suddenly, through a chance meeting with an American girl and her mother, the way is opened for him to see Italy. He joins them in Florence, and they ride over the Tuscan roads in an automobile, stopping to see the peasants gathering grapes, and to visit an olive farm. In Rome they see the ruins of the ancient city under the direction of a guide, and they go to Naples, and visit Pompeii and Vesuvius.

The book is full of pictures of Italian life. One sees the children feeding the pigeons in Venice, the Easter festival in Florence, the vintage with its merry making in Tuscany, the Roman ruins, the picturesque street life in Naples with its noise and gayety, and the silent streets of Pompeii. There are many such pen pictures of Italian life, and the story should appeal to the imagination of the child and awaken his interest in Italy and its people.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I AN EVENING IN VENICE 1

II VIVA L'ITALIA! 6

III RAFAEL'S TRAINED TOPS 11

IV STREETS OF VENICE 16

V STRINGING VENETIAN BEADS 21

VI SUNSET FROM THE TOWER OF SAN GIORGIO 28

VII A CHAT ABOUT VERONA 36

VIII EDITH'S FLORENTINE MOSAIC 41

IX RAFAEL LEAVES VENICE 46

X GATHERING GRAPES IN TUSCANY 51

XI A MARATHON RUN TO ROME 62

XII "THE GOLDEN MILESTONE" 72

XIII A RAMBLE IN ROME 76

XIV A MORNING IN THE COLOSSEUM 85

XV MERRY NAPLES 95

XVI THE BURIED CITY 103

XVII THE MAGIC OF THE FOUNTAIN 110

ILLUSTRATIONS

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On the Appian Way Frontispiece in Color

The Grand Canal, Venice 2

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