Thursday, July 9, 2009

Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola

**Young Readers Challenge**

Strega Nona is an old tale that has been retold and illustrated by an old-time favorite, Tomie de Paola. That alone should give readers an idea that it is going to be good!! However, if de Paola behind the book is not enough, then to know that it was a 1976 Caldecott Honor Book may just intrigue you a little more!!

Who or what is Strega Nona? Strega Nona (which means “Grandma Witch”) is the title character and just so happens to have the magic touch. She decides to hire Big Anthony to help her out a little bit, but he discovers her magic pot. While she is away one day, Anthony attempts to give the pot a try himself despite the warnings from Strega Nona. He gets into a heap of trouble. How will he ever get out of it?!?!

I was so lucky to be able to get a copy of this book on CD and was able to expose my son to his very first audio reading!! It was so much fun to be able to read it together and then see him wanting to listen to it and turn the pages all by himself! And, for days, we talked about pasta, pasta, pasta!! I personally loved the story and the illustrations. Now, to find a copy for my own collection because my son can't stop talking about all the pasta!!

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