Strega Nona

For Ages: 4 - 8
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When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola.

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 combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 32 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780671662837 | 
  • August 1975 | 
  • Grades P - 3 | 
  • Lexile ® AD880L
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Tomie dePaola
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Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book author-illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight readers. A Newbery Honor award winner, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor book Strega Nona; Charlie Needs a Cloak; Andy, That’s My Name; and Michael Bird-Boy, as well as Oliver Button Is a Sissy. 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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