Pezzettino lives in a world in which everyone is big and does daring and wonderful things. But he is small, just a "little piece," which is the meaning of pezzettino in Italian. "I must be a piece of somebody. I must belong to someone else," he thinks. How Pezzettino learns that he belongs to no one but himself is the joyous and satisfying conclusion to this beautiful picture book.
Lionni follows up his "Little Blue and Little Yellow" with this beautiful picture book — a fable that captures all the longing of a small child in a world of big people, illustrated with collage and small, colorful mosaic-like squares.