This book has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. The story of Big Anthony and the magical pasta pot is hilarious and memorable. I loved sharing this story with my kids and watching them enjoy it as much as I do.
Title: Strega Nona
Author/Illustrator: Tomie dePaola
Publication Year: 1975
Age Group: Preschool, Kindergarten, Early Elementary
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Comments: This book is one of the most memorable ones from my childhood. My grandma, who was a child’s librarian, was a huge fan of Tomie DePaola. I have grown up loving everything he has ever done, but this one is a favorite for good reason.
All of Tomie dePaola’s books feature his unique and endearing illustration style. The original story of the old, kind witch Strega Nona and her poor, hapless helper Big Anthony stands out among his books. Maybe it is the magical cooking pot. Maybe it is the dramatic pasta-filled conclusion. Or maybe it is simply Big Anthony’s comical bad luck. Whatever it is, this simple story is simply delightful.
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