||In a town in Calabria, a long time ago, there lived an old lady everyone called Strega Nona, which meant "Grandma Witch."
||In this retelling of a popular Italian folk-tale, Strega Nona, a lovable witch, has a magic pot that produces as much pasta as anyone could desire. But her pasta power gets out of hand when the pot won't stop cooking.
||Strega Nona is a good and kindhearted "grandmother witch" who provides cures and magical potions for all the people in her small Italian village of Calabria. As she grows older, Strega Nona decides that she needs a helper, and so she hires Big Anthony, a sweet, but rather dim, young man. At first, Big Anthony is a wonderful helper, but when he spies Strega Nona using her magical pasta pot, which instantly cooks up tasty pasta for the good witch's dinner, he decides that he, too, should be able to perform such magic. Although Strega Nona warns him to never touch her pasta pot, Big Anthony is unable to resist, and as soon as he can, he takes the pot to the town square to prove to the doubtful villagers that he, too, has magical powers. However, Big Anthony doesn't know the true secret of Strega Nona's pot, and although he is able to get it to cook up the pasta, he is unable to get it to stop. Has Big Anthony cooked his goose, or will Strega Nona sweep in to save the day? Watercolor, tempera, and acrylic illustrations accompany the text of this 1976 Caldecott Honor Book.
||This picture book take readers into the childhood of the friendly "grandmother witch" who appears in such books as STREGA NONA MEETS HER MATCH and STREGA NONA'S MAGIC LESSONS. Readers will learn how she was selected to become a "Strega" (a good witch) on the day she was born, how she learned the magical arts from her own grandmother, and even how she met her assistant, Big Anthony. Watercolor, tempera, and acrylic illustrations accompany the text.
||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. This package includes a paperback book and a CD of Tomie dePaola retelling his classic story against a charming musical score.
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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.