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Read and listen to the nursery rhyme "Harlequin's dress" by Gianni Rodari


Harlequin is one of the most famous characters of commedia dell'arte, a theatrical genre born in Italy in the 16th century.

Harlequin is a cunning and cunning servant, who often finds himself having to solve complicated and funny situations. His costume is characterized by a black mask and a colored diamond-patterned jacket and trousers, which symbolize his poor origins and his ability to adapt. Harlequin is also a faithful lover of his Colombina, but he does not disdain courting other women.

Harlequin is a character who has inspired many authors and artists, such as Moliere, Goldoni, Picasso and Dario Fo.

Gianni Rodari

Giovanni Francesco Rodari, known as Gianni[1] (pronounced Rodàri, /roˈdari/; Omegna, 23 October 1920 – Rome, 14 April 1980), was an Italian writer, pedagogist, journalist and poet. He is the only Italian writer to have won the Hans Christian Andersen Prize (1970). (read again)

Let's read together

To make a dress for Harlequin
Meneghino put a patch on it,

he put another Pulcinella,
a Gianduia, a Brighella.

Pants, old louse,
put a tear on our knee,

and Stenterello, wide-handed,
some stains of Tuscan wine.

Colombina who sewed it
he made a tight dress like this.

Harlequin put it on anyway
but he was a little perplexed.

Balanzone then said,
Bolognese and doctor:

“I assure you and I swear it to you
which will suit you next month

if you look at my recipe:
one day I fast and the other I have a bill."

Let's listen together

mamma legge la fiaba
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Harlequin's dress

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