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Now, for the first time, Strega Nona reveals her life's story to artist/author Tomie dePaola, in this wonderful prequel to the famous "Strega Nona" books. From the dark and stormy night when she is born to the day she takes the place of the retiring Grandma Concetta as a strega, here is Strega Nona's magical story. Full-color illustrations.
In addition to creating his own stories, Tomie dePaola is also well known for his retellings of folktales such as STREGA NONA: AN OLD TALE and FIN M'COUL: THE GIANT OF KNOCKMANY HILL, as well as his illustrations for the work of other authors such as Jean Fritz and Tony Johnston. dePaola has a B.F.A from Pratt Institute, a M.F.A. for the California College of Arts and Crafts, and a doctoral equivalency from Lone Mountain College. He entered a Benedictine monastery in Vermont for a short time after his graduation from college; many of his books reflect his interest in religion and spirituality. DePaola's works are noted for their conscious effort to avoid sexual stereotyping. In 2001 DePaola became the executive producer and star of the television program JIM HENSON'S TELLING STORIES WITH TOMIE DEPAOLA, a program intended to encourage children to use their imaginations and develop their own storytelling skills.
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Now, for the first time, Strega Nona reveals her life's story to artist/author Tomie dePaola, in this wonderful prequel to the famous "Strega Nona" books. From the dark and stormy night when she is born to the day she takes the place of the retiring Grandma Concetta as a strega, here is Strega Nona's magical story. Full color.
In a town in Calabria, a long time ago, there lived an old lady everyone called Strega Nona, which meant "Grandma Witch."
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 accompany the text of this 1976 Caldecott Honor Book.