Strega Nona : an old tale

"Strega Nona" reviewed by Maria on February 23, 2013

Your Name: 
Maria
Your Age: 
6
Book Title: 
Strega Nona
Author: 
Tomie de Paola
Why did you decide to read this book? Did a friend suggest it? Did it have an interesting cover?: 
I saw it in the display case at the library near the play room.
What is the story about?/What happened in the story?: 
An old woman who was a witch had a magic pasta pot which cooked pasta when she sang the magic song.
Why did you like this story? or Why did you not like this story?: 
I liked this story because when a little man called Anthony tried to make the magic pasta pot work and he succeeded but he forgot to blow the three kisses.
Other thoughts or feelings about this story? Anything else to add?: 
I like this book and I think you would like it too.
Rate Your Read: 
5
ISBN: 
067166283X

Tomie dePaola Wins ALA Award!

So many wonderful books received awards from the American Library Association earlier this week. You can view the complete list of ALA's Youth Media Awards online. But I wanted to give a big HURRAH! to one of my favorite author/illustrators who received special recognition from ALA for his body of work: Tomie dePaola. DePaola received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, "honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children."

There are so many reasons to love Tomie: his sense of humor, his appreciation of a child's perspective, his beautiful artwork, his versatility. He writes, he illustrates. He works with both fiction and nonfiction, folktales and nursery rhymes, bible stories and poetry. I think I became particularly fond of Tomie when I discovered he shares my Irish/Italian heritage - which he describes in his autobiography 26 Fairmount Avenue, a 2000 Newbery Honor winner.
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