It all started with an idea and a book. And the idea came to Sara Azzolini.
“making the mountain a place where families and children on holiday can discover the territory, have fun and be together”
“Niko and the Dragons” is the 2023 novelty! Written and illustrated by Simone Frasca – author of books for children and teenagers including: Bruno lo zozzo, Sofia Tantepaure, Sono allergico ai draghi (I’m allergic to dragons)!, La macchina dei sogni (The dream machine).
By the same author “I Draghi non esistono” (Dragons don’t exist). In the Dragon Forest someone is questioning themselves about the existence of the Latemar dynasty. “Today I will photograph a dragon,” Anna insists. “Dragons don’t exist!” Peter laughs. “Of course they do!”, protests his sister. “Gullible!” Anna is so angry that the camera slips out of her hand. And it falls down, down, down. But where will it end up? Flip through the pages of this fantastic book to find out.
“I Draghi del Latemar”is written by Beatrice Calamari with illustrations by Simone Frasca. The first gamebooks were born from the stories of Beatrice Calamari: the Findadragon Adventures will guide the children in the Dragon Forest.
“The mystery of the Feudo Dragons” was written by the students of the Istituto Comprensivo Statale Marzari Pencati di Predazzo and Alberta Rossi.
“The crooked garden of Dahù” saw 4 pairs of authors and illustrators working together: Pino Costalunga and Simone Frasca, Beatrice Calamari and Marco Nones, Alberta Rossi and Stefano Dellantonio, Anna Vanzo and Ilaria Castellan.
“A walk with La Pina” tells about the busy and fragile world of bees with the voice of Alberta Rossi.
“Tiny Circus Above” is a tribute to the circus: an art of balance, freedom and poetry. The writer is the great Claudio Madia who chose to observe the mountains through the eyes of Jo and Zop: two wandering artists performing in triumphant scenes.
Enjoy our budding series on a blanket spread down in the shade.
In the Dragon Forest someone is questioning themselves about the existence of the Latemar dynasty. “Today I will photograph a dragon,” Anna insists. “Dragons don’t exist!” Peter laughs. “Of course they do!”, protests his sister. “Gullible!” Anna is so angry that the camera slips out of her hand. And it falls down, down, down. But where will it end up? Flip through the pages of this fantastic book to find out.
“Dragons don’t exist” is written and illustrated by Simone Frasca – author of books for children and teenagers including: Bruno lo zozzo, Sofia Tantepaure, I’m allergic to dragons!, The dream machine. For MontagnAnimata Simone Frasca illustrated the book “I Draghi del Latemar”, written by Beatrice Calamari – we are at the third reprint, hooray! – and wrote and illustrated a story together with Pino Costalunga, in the book “Le Fiabe storte del Dahù”
The book by Beatrice Calamari, “The Dragons of Latemar” has given life to the Dragon Forest. It was 2012 and Beatrice Calamari had a dream: that children, thanks to playing, would learn how to wish for and listen to themselves deep down.
“writing is like seeing: dragons, all different, each one having a unique shape, colour, character”
Sara Azzolini had an idea: to make the mountains a place where families and children on holiday could get to know the Latemar mountains, have fun and play together. Not only paths, but also stories inviting to walk. Not only traditional fairy tales, but also a dynasty of dragons.
Never seen before chareacters pricking the imagination. Two are the protagonists: the Latemar and the Dragons. This is how Ais, Ardea, Goira, Kromos, Rametal, Rogos and Zoira were born. But to see the Latemar dragons, children must open the eyes of their heart. No shortcuts.
Simone Frasca fell in love with the Latemar Dragons and illustrated the book. Frasca is the author of Bruno lo Zozzo: illustrator, writer author of information campaigns on important topics.
“The mysteries of the Feudo Dragons” is dedicated to the kids of Predazzo and Val di Fiemme, to help them commit themselves to preserving this beautiful territory, getting to know it and taking care of it.
The stories and drawings are a selection of the work done by the students of the Istituto Comprensivo Statale Marzari Pencati in Predazzo (first grades, school year 2011-2012). They talk about forgiveness, treasures, intuition, wisdom, magic. Alberta Rossi has woven the thread that intertwines ten stories set on the Latemar mountains, in Trentino, in the Dolomites World Heritage.
“Roundtotheright or roundtotheleft”? The dahú looks for balance. Some people say it looks like a goat, but it’s not. We certainly know it has four legs: shorter on one side and longer on the other. Which explains why it is always forced to turn to the right or to the left, almost risking extinction.
“The crooked fairy tales of Dahù” was born from the imagination of 4 writers and 4 illustrators: different styles, a poker of unpublished stories dedicated to a single and legendary character. The Dahù is a very strange animal. Someone saw him climbing among the impervious pinnacles of the Latemar.
Take a trip to the Rifugio Passo Feudo at the foot of the Latemar, to see the Dahù garden. There are strange furrows in the ground, fresh traces that suggest the unstable balance of these animals and mysterious objects. This is a strategic point for the search.
“A walk with La Pina” is a journey to discover a delicate and fragile world. Did you know that it takes 21 days for bees to collect nectar, pollen and propolis? First bees are inflexible guards, tireless workers, loving carers of their little larvae. They only become forwagers on their twenty-first day of life.
Bees have a solid social organization. To find out more you can go for a walk with La Pina. Don’t worry, the sting is only for defence. If you respect them everything will be fine. Alberta Rossi knows it.
The circus arrives in Gardonè every summer with the clownery week: shows, workshops, artists, enchanted atmosphere. We like the circus because it challenges our balance. The circus is art, freedom, training.
“Piccolo Circo Quassù” (Tiny Circus here Above) is a concentrate of beauty and lightness. Such as the tightrope walker Claudio Madia. Discover the circus with Jo and Zop: two wandering artists performing in triumphant scenes. Together with Mon and Mus, their friends, they will do somersaults on the soft grass and be truly happy for meeting up. It all happens in Gardonè, at 1650 m in Val di Fiemme, Trentino, in the Dolomites.