Brave Donatella and the Jasmine Thief
Quaker author Caroline McAlister story is based on the Italian bridal tradition of wearing a sprig of jasmine on one's wedding dress. Duke Cosimo de' Medici loved beautiful flowers from far-off lands. So when an explorer delivers the magnificent jasmine plant all the way from india as a present he guards each leaf jealously. When the foolish gardener Antonio, determined to prove his love for Donatella, clips a sprig he is sent to prison. Now brave Donatella is his only hope for freedom. Ages 4-8.