I have been learning Italian for several months now and I am looking for a book --- the genre is not important --- suitable for someone with a rather basic understanding of the language. It need not be a book; any substantial text that keeps the language simple will do. Any recommendations?
EDIT (June 21st 2015). Several people from this community have offered helpful suggestions in the form of answers and comments. Unfortunately, I can only accept a single answer and I am not sure whether it is fair to do so as all the answers are of sufficient quality and each of them deserves to be accepted.
Below is a compiled list of suggestions; it is essentially the union of the suggestions in the answers to this question.
- Le avventure di Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi;
- Cuore by Edmondo De Amicis (text; video);
- several books by Emilio Salgari (especially the Malaysia cycle);
- children's literature in general;
- La solitudine dei numeri primi by Paolo Giordano;
- lyrics of various pop songs or, for something older and classier, songs by cantautori like De André (lyircs 1; lyrics 2) and De Gregori (sample lyrics); beyond the cantautori there are also folk and political singers-songwriters of which Fausto Amodei is an example;
- a particular song, Meno male che.