Strega Nona: An Old Tale

Strega Nona: An Old Tale

Paperback Aladdin Picture Books

By (author) Tomie De Paola, Illustrated by Tomie De Paola

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER CHILDREN'S
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 210mm x 276mm x 1mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1988
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0671666061
  • ISBN 13: 9780671666064
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 7,577

Product description

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.

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The New York Times Book Review "De Paola's illustrations aptly capture the whimsy of this ancient tale... simple line drawings clearly reveal the agony and ecstasy of pasta power, the muted colors create just the right ambiance for a Medieval village."