In his Caldecott Honor book, dePaolo tells the story of Strega Nona, who is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.
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."
Love this Strega Nona book. I have very fond memories of this book from my childhood, and when my nine year old son came home from school talking about it, I just had to buy it! I have now bought 3 Strega Nona books and they never fail to disappoint me!!
I loved reading Strega Nona now as an adult, and my children loved it as well, There ages 4, 6, 8, all had a diffrent take on the story. The 4 year old just loved that she was magic and loved the great pictures and it has been the most popular with her. My 6 year old just loved it for the simple great story that it is . And my 8 year old loved it and reconised it as a fable with a meaning behind the story, which he thought was great. All round great blast from the past, and now we know there is many more in the Strega Nona collection we will be buying them too..
A lovely Tomie dePaola book, the first one in a series about Strega Nona (or Grandmother Witch). Wonderful illustrations about the trouble caused when Big Anthony decides to meddle with Strega Nona's magic pasta pot. Children always find misadventures like this very funny and mine laugh and laugh. Great book all around.
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