This illustrated story has been designed for bilingual children and others wishing to read a parallel text in English and Italian. For ease of understanding, the languages are displayed together just one or two sentences at a time.
The aim was to make translation as direct as possible but always using everyday language of native speakers.
Basil, Rosemary and the Pansy sisters are lively, chatty little plants. They think they know some stuff, but when it comes to this animal, they know nothing. One wild assumption leads to another and gets them into big trouble.
Excerpt from the story:
The Pansy sisters lived in a red flowerpot in the town square. They shared the pot with Basil, Rosemary and Pig.
Le sorelle Viola vivevano in un vaso di fiori rosso nella piazza principale. Condividevano il vaso con Basilico, Rosmarina e Maiale.
The Pansy sisters had beautiful blue coloured flowers. They looked very good next to the young green plants, Basil and Rosemary.
Le sorelle Viola avevano dei bellissimi fiori di colore blu. Stavano molto bene accanto alle giovani piantine verdi, Basilico e Rosmarina.
Pig was different. Pig was an animal.
Maiale era diverso. Maiale era un animale.