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Strega Nona: An Original Tale by Tomie dePaola
I’m not much of a pasta eater, but every time I read "Strega Nona," Tomie dePaola’s endearing tale about a “grandma witch” who heals physical ailments, offers potions for emotional support and has a “magic” pot that makes endless amounts of pasta, I want spaghetti! "Strega Nona," published in 1975, features dePaola’s signature folksy illustrations. The characters’ enduring popularity is evident as over a dozen more "Strega Nona" stories have been published since.
"Strega Nona" is one of Tomie dePaola's best-known works and just one of the great books featured on our 101 Picture Book Challenge.
Borrow it from the Library:
- Picture book
- Read-along (includes an Audio CD and Book)
- DVD (includes Strega Nona and 3 other folk tales)
- Playaway Bookpack (includes a Pocket Audiobook and 4 books)
- eBook (Overdrive)
- eAudio: hoopla / Overdrive / Spanish
- eVideo: hoopla / Overdrive / Playaway View
Ages 4-8 | Grades Preschool-3
TLCPL’s Huebner Collection, a collection of original art from illustrated books, is lucky enough to have four pieces of art from dePaola, including one from “Strega Nona: Her Story” and one from “Strega Nona’s Harvest.”
More Books by Tomie dePaola
As of October 2018, Tomie dePaola has written and/or illustrated a total of 270 books, here are a few other favorites:
Having learned to be creative in drawing pictures at home, young Tommy is dismayed when he goes to school and finds the art lesson there much more regimented.
Little William Everett Crocodile and his friend Pete, a toothbrush, take a class trip to a Cairo museum where they encounter a jewel thief.
A shepherd shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red cloak.
The laziest man in all of Ireland catches a leprechaun, who offers a potato seed instead of a pot of gold for his freedom.
Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.
What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?
The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.
To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).
This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.