Il piccolo scrivano fiorentino - Edmondo De Amicis
Guerra Edizioni, Letture Graduate per Stranieri, Italian Graded Readers
Il protagonista di questo racconto di Cuore, Giulio, è un ragazzo di dodici anni, diligente e sensibile che, di fronte alle difficoltà economiche della famiglia, non esita a sacrificare le ore di sonno per dare una mano a suo padre senza chiedere niente in cambio, e costituisce così un esempio per i suoi coetanei.
The novel is written in a diary form as told by Enrico Bottini, a 9-year old primary school student in Turin with an upper class background who is surrounded by classmates of working class origin. The entire chronological setting corresponds to the third-grade season.
Enrico's parents and older sibling interact with him as written in his diary. As well as his teacher who assigns him with homework that deals with several different stories of children throughout the Italian states who should be seen as role models – these stories are then given in the book as Enrico comes upon reading them. Every story revolves around a different moral value, the most prominent of which are helping those in need, having great love and respect for family and friends, and patriotism.