Small crocodile and the importance of onomatopoeias in growth

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How do small boys and girls speak? And how do you talk to them? And the world? Does he speak too?

The Adventures of Little Crocodile by Eva Mondanari published by Babalibri can certainly be gods books to compete with on the question of language because they are written using a lot of onomatopoeias, or the transcriptions of the sounds of the world, which in this case also become the words of the world that surrounds the little protagonist.

Little crocodile goes to the parkthird of the books dedicated to this character later What Little Crocodile Says And Little Crocodile goes to the sea, he tells of an afternoon in the park with his grandparents during which every creature that small crocodile encounters emits a sound which allows Little Crocodile to recognize it for what it is.

Let me explain: there is no narrator and a real story told in this book, there are i verses of the world that surrounds the protagonist, or the noises that correspond to the life that swarms, and that become the objective correlative of their being. The lizard is a lizard because it makes swisssh, chatter is chatter because it makes bla bla …

The choice of onomatopoeias seems to me interesting and successful because it offers us a non-obvious way of trying to tell the world of a small creature through a language that resembles a sort of family lexicon.

Often when little boys and girls cannot pronounce the words correctly, the adult also uses the word mispronounced to speak with the little one. However, when a boy or a girl is learning to speak it would be useful for the adult to repeat the word correctly, not to correct or scold, rather, but to support the linguistic effort that the boy or girl is making at that moment.


On the other hand, it is quite another thing when special words are entered into the family lexicon, which acquire meaning only in the family affective context, or if special sounds and words are inserted when speaking, such as onomatopoeias.

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If you are a comic reader you will be quite used to this sound presence in books but it is not so common in books for boys and girls and, as in the case of Montanari’s books, in books for small boys and girls.

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The care of language, whatever narrative path one chooses, is always of primary importance, and his way of constructing the story makes the difference between stereotyped narratives (even in a linguistic sense, when the language is stereotyped, the content is almost always so too) and the mimetic ones, partisan of the point of view of little readers and little readers.

Little Crocodile is a beautiful character, to be met in the very first years of life to practice with him to give sound and to listen to the sounds of the world around us!

The article is in Italian

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