MATILDA publishing house
Matilda editrice (formerly Mammeonline) publishing house was created to promote and increase women’s artistic, intellectual and creative abilities and to boost the knowledge and the correct information about infertility and assisted conception, adoptions, maternity and parenthood.
Infertility is a social and international growing problem. In Italy we have a further problem of old style mentality that brings infertile people to feel ashamed about their pathological condition. They often choose not to talk about their infertility to relatives, friends and to children conceived through assisted reproduction, because they are afraid of social prejudice. As a consequence of this, infertility and ART remain a hidden and shameful topic at a social level and, at a political and legal level, we don’t have the strenght to fight against bad laws as the one we have at the moment, because infertile patients don’t show themselves openly, at least many of them don’t do it. So we decided to help people to break the silence with our books. Two books of this area deal with endometriosis.
Many books deal with the topic of adoption: books for children to explain how they arrived in their families, books for teachers to help them better interact with their adpted schoolchildren, books for parents and aspirant parents to obtain information about adoption path.
Then, there are books about the growth of babies and children: child care, brestfeeding, weaning, education, twin birth…
Moreover, Mammeonline is deeply involved in children’s literature. Its books are created to talk directly to children about their feelings; a special care is taken in choosing the illustrations. Most of our writers are above all mothers, some of them even teachers, and their experience with children is clearly transposed in their books.
You cannot call it love, for young adult
Family’s books (Twins, breastfeeding, woman’s health, assisted reproduction)
Chrysalises and butterflies (paperback series for boys and girls)
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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING (LA COSA PIÙ IMPORTANTE)
By Laura Novello; Illustrations by Matteo Gaule
Sold to China
Francesco comes home from school with a difficult task. What is the most important thing to do in order rebuild the world? The child asks the carpenter, the mason, the baker, the pediatrician, the mayor, but instead of a single answer, he gets a lot of different ones. What a mess! But perhaps there is something that the answers have in common…
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING invites kids to think and to investigate, posing in a playful way complex logical concatenations to get to investigate the feeling of love.
The book can be used for education in several topics: education to the feelings, logical-mathematical, spatial orientation and civics education.
The book has been designed with Mitocon NGO.
YOU CANNOT CALL IT LOVE (Chiamarlo amore non si può)
23 writers tell boys and girls about violence against women
Sold to Turkey
Released on November the 25th, 2013 – anniversary of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
23 authors, all women, have donated a story for a project of prevention/education on violence against women.
The publisher Mammeonline and the authors will donate the royalties to AIDOS (Italian “Women for Development” Association), for the project: Health and prevention of female genital mutilation in Burkina Faso: www.aidos.it.
The book’s title is taken from a song by the famous Italian artist Edoardo Bennato who, in addition to providing support for the project, donated to the book an original dedication for all women. The postscript is written by Daniela Finocchi, journalist and creator of the literary award Lingua Madre (Mother Tongue), for the stories of foreign women living in Italy.
YOU CANNOT CALL IT LOVE is a book for girls and boys. But it is not a negative book, on the contrary: it is aimed to preteens and teens who undergo the first crush, the first feelings and the first relationship with the opposite sex. It is now – in this controversial season of life – that it is important to introduce the theme of prevention of violence against women, because it is during these years that gender’s identity is constructed.
The editorial project intends to give voice – in unison – to the culture of prevention and education to shatter prejudices and disturbed emotional patterns.
Typically, we talk about prevention in reference to episodes of stalking or when women live risky relationships. We think that prevention means to work on education, culture, even opposing female models provided by the media, fighting the stereotypical roles that boys and girls live in the family or in society and strengthened – at times – even in textbooks and/or picture books for children.
The 23 short stories of the anthology have different shades: some of them are strongest and most immediate, others apparently milder because they deal with psychological violence, no less fatal in the construction of cultural models that may fall in abuse. Each writer was free to express her feelings on the subject. 23 different voices to say all together: NO to violence against women.
Authors: Anna Baccelliere, Alessandra Berello, Rosa Tiziana Bruno, Fulvia Degl’Innocenti, Ornella Della Libera, Giuliana Facchini, Ilaria Guidantoni, Laura Novello, Isabella Paglia, Daniela Palumbo, Elena Peduzzi, Cristiana Pezzetta, Annamaria Piccione, Manuela Piovesan, Livia Rocchi, Maria Giuliana Saletta, Chiara Segré, Luisa Staffieri, Annalisa Strada, Pina Tromellini, Pina Varriale, Laura Walter, Giamila Yehya.
I WAS BORN ADOPTED : SMALL SURVIVAL HANDBOOK FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS (Maestra sai sono nato adottato)
When you adopt a child one of the most difficult phases to deal with is school, not necessarily a negative experience but certainly a tough one, especially if the child comes into the family already of school-age, or nearly so. Even if the child is already well integrated and can easily adapt to the school environment, new friends and teachers, it can be very useful that the latter take into account the personal history of the child to adapt programs of some materials.
Sometimes, however, fitting in class can be problematic and even more in this case it is useful for teachers and parents to have extra information tools, but always taking into account that all of them should avoid to scrutinize each problem of the child thinking only of his being adopted. The book helps to talk about adoption, with serenity and bearing in mind that every family, however it is formed, must open to the outside in order to grow and overcome every difficulty.
An open family also becomes a valuable resource for the school. In the last part the book provides many useful tools for discussing adoption in class: operational activities to be undertaken by the kids alone or in a group, fairy tales, games.
MUM, TELL ME HOW I WAS BORN
Tales and nonsense rhymes to explain to the children the assisted conception
The book has two sides: the side A is for the children and contains tales and nonsense; the side B is for parents and contains other essays. The tales talk about a prince without a heir to the Crown, penguins’ frozen eggs, babies born under Brussels sprout, ducklings not ugly but very special, the life in an ice building and the story of an ancient world named The country of PMA (pma is the italian word for ART). Serenella little pheasant is a female of pheasant which can’t produce eggs and asks to borrow some eggs from another female bird!
Do parents tell their children who were born thanks to assisted conception how they have been conceived? If the answer is yes, at what age? The survey, performed on the website Mammeonline.net, tries to answer these questions; the survey introduces the beautiful tales and nonsense rhymes that the parents invented to tell their children about their particular birth.
Some children were born thanks to the gift of a spermatozoon or a oocyte, others thanks to the chance to cryoconservation of an embryo, others thanks to the meeting of the mother and the father in a test-tube, but, in any case, the message of our tales is that they were born thanks to the extraordinary love of their parents. The children, reading a tale or listening a nonsense rhyme, get acquainted with nice characters who help them to understand the extraordinary mystery of their birth.
The book also contains an introduction by the sociologist Dr. Marina Mengarelli Flamigni and an interesting text by the psychologist Dr. Giovanni Micioni.
The births of twins are rising, thanks to assisted procreation, and more and more couples face this surely captivating but a bit scary experience.
With serenity and common sense, the author reassures future mothers of twins: fear is normal, but they have to react, have confidence in their abilities and accept the help offered by family and friends.
They can breastfeed and it is not necessary to give up going out or going on holiday, because organization and the right spirit are sufficient.
The book provides a series of useful information and practical advice not to get lost in the myriad of questions and concerns that women normally have during and after a twin pregnancy.
BREAST-FEEDING, WEANING AND CHILD NUTRITION
Obesity, metabolic disease, heart disease and dyslipidemia are increasing.
The cause is, in a very high percentage, an incorrect food, whose origin is to be found in childhood.
Unbalanced diets, errors in the evaluation of the actual state of child well-being, excessive use of pre-packaged food and lack of consideration of the importance of a good nutritional balance for the overall health, are often at the root of serious problems that emerge in the distance. And is possible to prevent all this? It is still possible to wean and nurture children in a natural way, using fresh produce, following closely the physiology of growth and respecting the unique needs of each individual.
The author exposes both the scientific reasons of its protocol food, both its pattern of weaning, developed through years of study and observation in the field.
I WANTED TO BECOME A FATHER
The pain of infertility as seen from a lesser known point of view: that of man. I WANTED TO BECOME A FATHER is an autobiographical voyage to a hidden world which is usually only described by women. It is an aspiring father’s life story offered to anyone who wants to learn more about the infinite behind-the-scenes psychological, physical, medical, social and legislative realities that are hidden in a social drama like infertility.
This story is different from the others because it is written by a man. However in his preface the writer is careful to clarify to readers that ‘I have no intention of comparing the pain of infertility between men and women: while it is true that this is a couple’s problem which is experienced and consumed as a couple, it is also true that neither solidarity nor the deepest understanding can help a man to understand the terrible suffering a woman goes through when she is unable to experience the joy of maternity yet wishes for nothing else. Our point of view is simply a different one from another angle, a different way of experiencing what is in any case a torture of immeasurable proportions”.
It is also a book which denounces the shameful legislative situation which Italian couples with infertility problems must deal with. It is a situation generated and maintained by a lethal mix of the political establishment’s negligence and the Church’s interference, topped off by considerable indifference on the part of the general public.
Women affected by endometriosis. Living in Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. By Veronica Prampolini
“I would like for anyone who came upon this book in a bookstore to read at least the word endometriosis. It does not matter if this person puts it right back and walks away. I want this word to slowly become more and more part of the socially known diseases. It is for this reason that I would like for this word to appear in the title, even though, romantically, I could think of more attractive titles…”. The author explains her desire to share, provide and receive accurate information, as well as to help many other women, a desire which has prompted her to talk about her experience with endometriosis through a book.
It is estimated that there are 150 million women worldwide who are affected by endometriosis, 14 millions of which in Europe alone. However, despite these figures, endometriosis remains a silent and unfamiliar disease whose causes are still unknown. It is a disease to which very little research is devoted, which is often not even acknowledged as an actual illness and which, unfortunately, in 60% of the cases is very painful to the point of becoming almost a disability. But most of all endometriosis is a huge obstacle for those women who want to become pregnant, even though, paradoxically, pregnancy, should they ever succeed in achieving it, is ideal to decrease the symptoms of the disease.
In her book Veronica Prampolini talks about her battle with endometriosis, the surgeries she endured, the difficulties encountered while trying to get her disease acknowledged, the impact of the disease on her marriage, as well as on her social and work life, her desire to have a baby despite her illness and her journey to motherhood through ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology).
This book also intends to denounce the law that in Italy imposes absurd limits on Assisted Reproductive Technology and that forces many couples who experience infertility to undergo treatments with a lower potential for success, which, in turn, leads them to seek care abroad.
Why this subtitle? Veronica writes: “If Dante was alive, I would ask him to add another chapter to his Divine Comedy within the Inferno, the 35th.”
Flying with storks
Stories of women who tell how they lived infertility and the path of ART.
Thanks to the experience of the forum of community online Mammeonline.net who knows how much is important to face with other women who have the same problem.
“The net helped me to catch strenght, confidence, hope and a lot of friends” said our little stork.
We wanted to give this also to women who don’t use Internet with this book.
La strada di Miro (Miro’s road)
In an increasingly faster world, Miro slowly rides his bike and that gives him the opportunity to exchange a greeting, a word, a small gift: with the train driver, with Aldo and Marta sitting at the Belvedere, with Prisca, who sells her vegetables. The road is long but Miro goes ahead with a light heart, though tired for his day of work. And after having gone through a complete microcosm: a world that, while riding, becomes quieter and bigger, eventually the most beautiful gift is awaiting for him.
The story has some eco-friendly aspects, in fact, Miro chooses to travel by bicycle and to live in the countryside. But there is also the observation of territory: the road, that Miro travels, changes while he’s riding his bike: from the chaotic city to the fields and farms, and the wood with its animals.
There are also some reference to integration, it was not by chance that the author chose the name Miro, which leads the readers’minds to faraway countries. And eventually, the most beautiful aspect: the meeting at the end of the road, that will make the readers smile, and will give joy to their hearts.
Echino – Mi specchio in te
Echino grows up and becomes a book with a newspaper inside, to help the youngest know how a paper works. Why does it become a book? Because even if its look is that of a newspaper, its articles are not dated after few days or weeks. Inside it there is all you can find in a real daily newspaper, the ones that adults read: editorial, news, interviews, reportage, mail and games, economy, science and even advertising… yes, but ads to promote ideas not products, which is what Echino actually does.
Each issue has a theme, the theme of this latest issue is gender identity. We try to talk about gender’s roles, hoping to encourage boys and girls to play with stereotypes and discuss the different ways of being a man and a woman, a male or a female.
Our aim is to help boys mirroring in girls, and vice versa.
Echino is perfect to be read at home but even to become a useful help at school to learn and to promote dialogue. We also would like it to be a funny way to interact with the net, in fact we suggest follow up materials and activities in internet, connected to the subjects of our book/newspaper. We truly think that the net can be an interesting opportunity for kids to find pieces of information and to satisfy curiosities, whether it’s used in a conscious way and under the supervision of adults.
Abracadabra Little Lizard
This is not a book of magic, though sometimes a powerful spell would be necessary to understand and solve children’s difficulties at school and in their lives. Little Lizard loves helping kids who are living stressful periods, letting them know that children are not all the same and that every single child is special.
This book is written by three mums, two of them are teachers. It is designed for children with specific learning disabilities (SLD), even for those who are still unaware of it; but it’ll be helpful even for those pupils who, without being dyslexic, dysgraphic or dyscalculic, are simply not very good at doing something.
It’s also suitable for all the children to understand that their schoolmate doesn’t hate maths or the reason why their best friend is more keen on an exercise of dictation than copying a text, but above all to know that understanding your friends is really very important because it makes you feel closer. And obviously it’s a book suitable for adults, both because even adults sometimes need a help to understand the younger ones and also because at certain times they may need some extra strategies to support their children.
Last but not least this book will be a useful instrument to help teachers work with more love and consciousness that some children need to be understood and helped in the difficulties that arise from SLD.
In this book parents and teachers can also find a pamphlet with extra information to learn something more about SLD and how to manage to face up to them.
This book, thought for children with wonderful coloured illustrations, is written with typographic devices which make reading easier.
Thousand and thousand ways of loving
Thousand and thousand ways of loving is our book to tell kids about adoption through fairy tales.
Chrysalises and butterflies
Chrysalises and butterflies is a book series for kids who are growing up, who are no longer children and not yet adults, but they are Chrysalises, sometimes they are Butterflies, they are experiencing the wonderful though difficult time of metamorphosis. A time when children read less, usually, perhaps because they don’t have the right books available. They need books that talk about the most important issues which treat them as “adult“, but do not get boring. And to grow up we don’t have to look only at ourselves and our little world. We have to open up to others, accepting the comparison with them, even when perhaps we are a bit scared and when we lose sight of our certainties.
Colored pencils at the bottom of the sea by Cinzia Capitanio. Two children, each of them keeps a diary, two trips on the same sea, but with completely different purposes. Marco travels with his family on a beautiful cruise ship, enjoying the wonders he encounters when the ship docks in the various ports. Seydou, fleeing the war that upsets his country on an unreliable sailing vessel, hidden along with many of his countrymen, and his eyes meet only the fear and loneliness enclosed in the eyes of those who are around. The only thing that seems to unite the two children is the possession of a small block and colored pencils, thanks to which it can be noted, in diary form, the most significant moments of their journey.
The ambassador has arrived by Annamaria Piccione. Hakim has set off a few years ago, like many others, “in search of fortune”, as goes the old song that is the soundtrack to this beautiful story. But as with many migrants, at some point there have been no news about Hakim for a long time, and his mother falls into a severe depression. This pushes Ayub, Hakim’s younger brother, to leave for Italy to look for him, hoping to bring back the smile on their mother’s lips. A long voyage at sea aboard one of the many boats full of desperate people, then the arrival in Sicily and the transfer to an identification center, from which Ayub manages to escape. And in his frantic escape he ends up under the wheels of an old doctor’s car. Michele, the doctor, helps Ayub and becomes a friend.
Paper sisters by Cristiana Pezzetta. Costanza is fourteen and she has the passion and the desire for freedom typical of her age. She dreams of spending the summer with her best friend, go to the beach and flirt with Luca, a schoolmate. But as always her parents decide for her: the father, an archaeologist, will bring her to Syria with him, despite the news of the riots that start coming from that country. The impact of such a different reality and the meeting with Aima, who is her age, initially increase Costanza’s anger. It seems there can be no dialogue between them, because each one feeds the prejudices against the other. But sometimes prejudices, you know, feed curiosity and then…