For a fistful of acorns: guide to invasive species

For a fistful of acorns: guide to invasive species

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For a handful of acorns, with a handful of stories, Sandro Natalini, Piero Genovesi (Papik) in a book published by Editorial Science last April 2018 tell about invasive species. By choosing about twenty representative stories, but by no means obvious, I assure you, the two authors deepen this theme by investigating, and revealing, like these animals considered "invasive" they spread and conquer areas where they were previously not welcome.

Animal by animal, the volume explains precisely why it speaks of invasive species so as not to give rise to criticism. There are many animals that are often labeled as bad, harmful, just because they are ugly, to show they are not based on prejudice or urban legends, Natalini and Genovesi tell how the protagonists of “For a handful of acorns” cause problems for the planet Earth and its inhabitants.

Lively and entertaining, the book is instructive why explains how to behave to avoid the spread of these animals. Educating and informing while having fun is not something for everyone, in fact a couple of valid authors taken individually and who together form a truly remarkable creative couple have managed to do it with elegance and quality. Piero Genovesi (Papik) he is a zoologist, in truth not "one" among many but one of the leading experts in invasive species. Sandro Natalini, in addition to being an excellent illustrator, he has the great gift of irony that few know how to use for intelligent and noble purposes such as that of describing animals and creatures of our planet.

For a handful of acorns: why read it

One wonders why to read, and even before how to write, a book like this "For a handful of acorns", dedicated to invasive species. In part, reading the title and subtitle, I too wondered "but why on earth this category, with all those that exist in the animal kingdom?". I was imagining some kind of Orwellian influence, a surreal story that transposed human reality among animals, instead I found myself reading and learning, at a much older age than that recommended for reading, many new things about some species sometimes known to me but apparently not so much.

The idea of ​​a book like this is not for the sake of making a "niche" title snubbing puppies and kittens that are everywhere, but from some data that worry. It is calculated that, between 1970 and 2000, in just 30 years, invasive species have grown by 76%, this must alarm us a little, above all it must lead us to deepen what they are and to teach the new generations how to work together with us to defend the balance of the Earth and ensure that these species do not make others disappear, which are precious for biodiversity

For a handful of acorns: species

Let's see some of the animals told by the two authors with a truly captivating style. Theirs is a language that can reach even the smallest, the book is recommended for ages 8 and up, and knows how to intrigue adults, seniors, teeenagers and millennials, and all the categories that are invented today to define different generations.

Among the animals of “For a handful of acorns"We find creatures that are very different from each other and each is invasive in its own way. For example there are those who steal food from a "colleague", who is a ruthless predator and who instead does not go to the attack but poisons anyone who approaches him.

One of the best known examples, taken up by the authors, is that of gray squirrel American, which in Europe is supplanting it red squirrel, but there are also examples that are less easy to imagine or know such as the giant snail: who would think it is invasive? Also the ermine I did not make him a "disturbing" animal, yet he gives many problems to the poor kakapo parrots in New Zealand.

One of the most interesting cases is that zebra mussel, but even the reed toad is not bad at all. I was surprised to find among the "wanted / wanted" of the book also the rabbit European who, according to stereotypes, should be a fearful animal, and also the beaver I used to be a peaceful animal, yet ...

For a handful of acorns: authors

Let's get to know the two authors better, first presented quickly, admitting that they really did a great job with this book and congratulations to Editorial Science who published it giving a good opportunity to many young readers, stimulating their natural curiosity. Sandro Natalini since 2000 he has taught Illustration at the ISIA in Urbino, has recently received a PhD in Science of Books and Writing, and is part of the scientific committee of the Permanent International Seminar on Fairy Tales at the University for Foreigners of Perugia.

While studying at the ISIA in Urbino, where he graduated in Graphic Design, and at the ISIA in Faenza, where he followed Communication Design, Natalini developed an interest in illustrated publishing and the relationship between text and image. After his experience as a graphic designer for the magazine Vogue Italia he turned to school sector illustrating texts, and not only, also illustrated fiction becoming an author and landing outside national borders. Today he has behind him over forty publications and among the numerous awards obtained it can also boast the American award Oppenheim Best Book 2009.

Let's move on to the zoologist Piero Genovesi (Papik) who is dedicating his life to the world of animals with the mission of preserving it. Today he works for the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research where he is responsible for the conservation and management of the fauna. It collaborates with the United Nations Convention on the subject of invasive species and coordinates the world group of the World Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

There is no doubt that Genovesi is one of the leading experts on invasive alien species, so much so that he knows how to tell them to a child, with precision but at the same time popular effectiveness. We also find him a research associate at Concordia University in Montreal in Canada and at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, over the years he has published many books and scientific articles on the most important international magazines, you didn't dream if you saw him on TV, he participated as a scientific popularizer in various television broadcasts such as "Volo in Diretta", on Rai 3, and radio broadcasts, such as "Miracolo Italiano", on Rai Radio 2.

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