Anyone who has spent time reading or watching television with young children over the last several years has likely encountered some of Dan Yaccarino’s work – Oswald the Octopus probably being his most well known work.
Well, for the young and not yet budding genealogist he’s written a very nice book called “All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel.” My wife and kids found it in our library this week, and my 4 year old daughter and I enjoyed reading about the story of his family. Starting with his great-grandfather’s emigration from Italy all the way down to his family today, my daughter had fun following the changes in people and the handoff of the little shovel to each generation. Our 8 year old dove right in on his own and took his time with it as well.
The story is simply told and his drawing is always soothing – I highly recommend it!
You can view one of his videos on the book below and see more at the Yaccarino Studio.