The first abc book of the Sicilian language, until now absent in the history of regional literature, is finally available: “My first Sicilian ABC book” is an illustrated book for all those families who have Sicily in their DNA.

A small journey to discover a language that survives through the daily use of those who speak it in Sicily and in all the lands that have welcomed its migrants: each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by illustrations and nursery rhymes in Sicilian. From these words, parents, grandparents, uncles and teachers can tell stories and anecdotes, recalling the use and origin of certain expressions of the Sicilian language.

“My first Sicilian ABC book” desires to promote the beauty, pleasure and importance of sharing the collective memory handed down through storytelling.

The book was presented for the first time on 22 December 2022 at a conference on the Sicilian language which was also attended by: Prof. Giovanni Ruffino (President of the Center for Sicilian Philological and Linguistic Studies), Prof. Marina Castiglione (Full Professor of Italian Linguistics at the University of Palermo) and other representatives of the Linguistics Department of the University of Palermo.

A true Italian-American shared the book on her Instagram profile (+15k followers):

INSIDE THE BOOK

Inside the "Sicilian ABC book"

Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by illustrations and nursery rhymes in Sicilian. From these words, parents, grandparents, uncles and teachers can tell stories and anecdotes, recalling the use and origin of certain expressions of the Sicilian language.

The promotional video reached 1.5 million views in just a few weeks, reaching over 830,000 Instagram accounts


About the Author:
Roberto Villino is an Italian digital illustrator and content creator. Born and raised in Palermo (Sicily) he has always tried in his works to show the beautiful side of his land. This is his first editorial publication, which he wanted to dedicate to his hometown and to all Sicilians around the world, who have never forgotten their origins.

MY FIRST SICILIAN ABC BOOK is available in two versions:
Il mio primo abbecedario sicilianoSicilian language – Italian
“My First Sicilian ABC book” Sicilian language – English

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