Strega Nona - An Old Tale Retold - Tomie dePaola

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


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Strega Nona - An Old Tale Retold by Tomie dePaola / ISBN 9780671662837 / 32-page hardcover picture book, 8 x 11 inches, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


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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