Strega Nona

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Aladdin, Sep 3, 1979 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Strega Nona -- "Grandma Witch" -- is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.
In this retelling of an old tale, author-illustrator Tomie dePaola (whose middle names is Anthony) combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.

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User Review  - fmccas1 - LibraryThing

I enjoyed reading Strega Nona. I thought that it showed it's readers the importance of following directions. if someone who is wise tells you to do something or not to do something you should listen to them. Children reading this would be able to learn to follow directions Read full review

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I have grown to enjoy all of the "Strega Nona" books, but of all of them, this is my favorite. This is about a goofy young man, Big Anthony, who wants to impress the people of his town by using Strega ... Read full review

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Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children's book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight all readers. A Newbery Honor award winner, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona, as well as Andy: That's My Name, Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup, and "Charlie Needs a Cloak." A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in New London, New Hampshire.

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