Banned by the Venice (Italy) mayor along with 48 other children's books from the city's preschool libraries. Most of the books - destined for the city's 28 nursery schools and kindergartens - never actually got to the libraries and are still packed up in boxes in various municipal offices. Afer an outcry - from residents, authors, publishers, librarian associations, and even Amnesty International - he whittled his list of banned books to just two. Pardi's book, the tale of an unhatched egg that sees happiness in various family configurations, won the prestigious Andersen Prize in 2012, Italy's top nod for children's literature, even as a popular Catholic magazine cited it as a book to avoid.
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