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Lezioni di Felicità (Lessons of Happiness) is the result of a wonderful experience by Fabrizio Carbone, journalist, writer, traveler, and environmentalist, who expresses his passion for nature also through photography, drawing, and painting.
Fabrizio used the Covid19 lockdown to teach children the art of drawing using links via the Internet. “It was them, the guys I had already drawn together with in the past years, who asked that to me. “Since we are forced into the house and we can’t come to you, why don’t we paint online, using the computer and Skype? “ And so Fabrizio got enthusiastic and decided that “given the impossibility of actually doing it, the trip would be the background scenario and that, consequently, we could virtually travel, with our private and special plane, to any place in the world. which Nature would have been the absolute protagonist. She with her animals and her landscapes. “
Lezioni di felicità expresses the joy of a naturalist who finds the enthusiasm of a boy again and together with 18 boys between 7 and 10 years and their younger brothers, travels around the world following the imagination on board of pencils, pens, markers, and brushes.
The simple and elegant graphics are by Alessandro Troisi, professional graphic designer, and illustrator since 1985, in charge of Pandion editions which published Lezioni di felicità.
Il Cuore sul Lago (Heart on the Lake) is a fairy tale inspired by homogenitoriality in nature: a behavior found in several animal species. The most famous is that of the Penguins, in which two males often raise the offspring, and that of the Albatros, in which couples of females who take care of the young are very common. Set in Australia, among kangaroos and crocodiles, it speaks of a less famous homogenitorial species: the Black Swan.
The fable is followed by a scientific study on homosexuality and adoption in animals, documented by a rich bibliography, which makes it particularly valuable for teachers and trainers.
Rosario Balestrieri, the author of the book, dedicates this story “to the victims of homophobia and any other form of discrimination dictated by ignorance and fear of the different”. Secretary of the Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologici e Presidente dell’Associazione di tutela ambientale ARDEA (Italian Center for Ornithological Studies and President of the Environmental Protection Association ARDEA), he deals with communication, dissemination, environmental education, and citizen science for the “Anton Dohrn” Zoological Station (Stazione Zoologica); since 2016 Rosario has been studying the issue of homosexuality in the animal kingdom. He holds seminars all over Italy, has related degree theses, written popular articles, participated in radio broadcasts to raise public awareness on the fact that there is nothing “against nature” in the world. It is available and can be found at the email address: email@example.com.
Translation by Maria Antonietta Sessa