Mary Peace FinleyAward-winning author of books for young people
The farmer look Ginetta to her parents. In that beautiful valley, Val d'Intelvi, in the northern Italian Alps, neighbors did not steal from one another. After dinner, Ginetta's parents sent her to her room without dessert. She was supposed to think about what she had done. There, she planned how she would go to the neighbors the next morning to say, "I'm sorry. I shouldn't have done that." The neighbors would say, "No you shouldn't have done that," and then give her hugs and kisses and hot chocolate. Little did Ginetta know that, within only a few years, she would be stealing much more than a few bunches of cherries.