Primavera by Mary Jane Beaufrand


In Renaissance Italy at the height of Medici power, Flora is the youngest and least valued daughter of the Pazzi household. She watches as her family struggles to gain equal status with one of history's most powerful merchant families. Ignored by her family, Flora manages to cultivate friendships with the famous artist Botticelli and Guiliano de Medici. As Flora's family falls from power, Flora finds her own strength and place in the world.

Primavera introduces strong and interesting characters while revealing an interesting time in world history. Flora's story is historical fiction, but tells of real people and events along with the fiction. The story is entertaining while teaching about the culture and history of the Italian Renaissance, the Medici family, and the art of Botticelli.

Recommended Ages--12 and up

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