“Look Who’s TALKING!” by Valentina Popa is a bilingual English/Italian poems book featuring imaginary monologues by an infant and/or toddler, Baby Seby, written in rhymes. The poems are sweet and heartwarming, exuding love and humor. During the first months as a new mom, Valentina was imagining the potential monologues that may occur in her baby boy’s little head as he was becoming aware of the surrounding world and his own existence.
Inspired and overwhelmed by that all-encompassing love, those reflections came to her in rhymes, so she collected them into this illustrated book for moms and their babies. Rhyming enhances memory, makes listening more enjoyable, develops the understanding of language and rhythm of music, and strengthens the connection between parent/reader and the little listener.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated specifically to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation “ABF Voices of” program, an ambitious multi-year program that empowers youth in vulnerable regions of the world through music education. The programme aims at enhancing the psychosocial support of disadvantaged children who live in vulnerable regions. Through the creation of regional choirs and other educational activities, ABF aims at offering empowerment opportunities to participants and to their communities, by using music as a tool to strengthen their skills, to stimulate their creativity, to promote collaboration and to offer them more chances of success in life. As with all education projects carried out by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, the effort is strategically aligned with objective no. 4 (Quality Education) for 2030 of the United Nations for sustainable development. The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and UNESCO also signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim of cooperating on musical education projects as an empowerment tool; these projects will be developed and made known in the upcoming months.
Today I discovered
My right hand, stately plump.
We had a good, long talk,
Smooth from the very jump.
At a certain point I noticed.
It fit in my mouth just right.
The only question that remained:
Would my feet there be a little tight?
Oggi ho scoperto
La mia manina paffutella;
Con lei ho riso e chiacchierato
Come con un’amica bella.
E nella boccuccia ci sta
Mi sono poi chiesto… chissà
Se è così dolce anche il piede?
Valentina Popa is currently working in the Executive Office of the Secretary- General of the United Nations in New York. Her educational background includes a BA in Romanian and French Languages from the State University of Moldova; MA in International Relations from the Academy of Public Administration; MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University in New York; Post-graduate studies in Emerging Markets and Country Risk Analysis, and training in Designing and Supporting Mediation Processes of international conflicts from Folke Bernadotte Academy of Sweden.
Besides her native language, Romanian, she is fluent in English, French, Russian, and Italian.
A Laureate of numerous national popular music contests, Valentina has subsequently appeared on various stages in Moldova and abroad, in exclusively benefit concerts, besides her husband, tenor Luciano Lamonarca. She currently resides in New York, with her husband and son, Sebastian, her inspiration for this book.