Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators Strega Nona created in 1975 by Tomie ePaola was the author s first book about the kind and elderly grandma witch This book has since been a popular favorite among children and has won the Caldecott Honor Book Award for its excellence in writing and in its Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee drawing Strega Nona is sure to be a hit with both children and adultsTomieePaola Counter Discourse in African Literature does an awesome job at creating a story that is humorous and exciting at the same time Big Anthony humorously plays the role of a tragic hero as he at first was able to feed the townspeople all the pasta theyesired but then ends up nearly Academic Capitalism and the New Economy Markets State and Higher Education destroying the town when heid not listen to Strega Nona s warnings about the pasta pot Strega Nona also acted as a savior to the people when she saved the town from the pasta and therefore saving their lives Tomie Scalia V. Epstein dePaola s illustrations are simplyelightful as he illustrates Strega Nona as a helpful and intelligent old woman with an old fashioned apron around her and Big Anthony as a big and klutzy man who seems to have wild blond hair Strega Nona is a wonderful story about the conseuences of not listening to certain warnings that could endanger people s lives Also this book shows the importance of respecting one s elders as the villagers respect Strega Nona s wisdom on cures and life Strega Nona is surely an excellent book for learning about folktales around the world since the story is supposedly from Italy and will enchant adults and children five years or older for many generationsReview is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog What s not to love about this book It s a great storyMy acuitance with this book occured not when I was at the targeted age but when my brother was My brother loved spagetti as a young child he still loves it He had so many books that ealt with spagetti including a real annoying one More Spaghetti I Say He had to be read these books constantly Honestly I can still recite parts of them by heart The words are burnt into what passes for my brainThere was one huge butWhen you read a story to my brother you couldn t say spagetti Nope you couldn t say it at allYou had to say getti getti If you idn t say getti getti bad things happened The sky Falling For A Boss darkened The sun and moon traded places The rivers ran backward The fish ate oranges The spagetti getti getti would be undercooked Bad thi A book thatidn t hold my children s attention as well as I would have liked It s a Caldecott award winner and Basics of successful agriculture in the tropics deserving of it the picturesetailed and fun but for the most part I think maybe it used too many of the same color scheme because many of the pages looked similar My kids became bored and I had to Regenerating Agriculture: Policies and Practice for Sustainability and Self Reliance draw them back into the story I thought it was cute and enjoyed it but I might have to wait until my kids are a little older. Nthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot withisastrous results In this retelling of an old tale author illustrator Tomie ePaola combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious clim.
Listen pay attention and follow instructions or there may be negative conseuences in this case pasta might take over the world I have enjoyed this authorillustrator s other books and his illus I found this book in my house this weekend and ecided to read it It isn t a super short book but it isn t very long either The story line seems like it is for little kids but not awful overall I BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1 (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Secret Baby Romance Contemporary Romance) don t recommend it to older kids because it wasn t very challenging Overall not a bad book but not challenging enough for my lexile or reading level This story has the feel of an old fable the kind of story brought over by your grandparents when they immigrated but it is in fact made up by the author TomieePaola and first published in 1975 It reads like a fairy tale of the classical kind and has strong moral messages ones about how you reap what you sow and going behind someone s back and meddling in what you on t understand and being greedy and so on Part of what gives it that old world read old Europe feel are the wonderful illustrations also by ePaola which somehow remind me of stained glass windows Strega Nona is an old lady who lives in the town of Calabria a long time ago The name strega nona means Grandma Witch and Strega Nona helps the local townspeople with their troubles even the priests and nuns of the nearby convent because she has such a magical touchShe advertises for someone to help her around the house and garden and soon employs Big Anthony a strong young man who Alien Zookeeper's Abduction doesn t pay attention He s very helpful but when he hears Strega Nona saying a magic spell over her pasta pot he gets greedy Strega Nona has a magic pasta pot and when she says the right words it produces a potful of pasta ready to eat She must say certain words to make it stop too and bow three kisses but Big Anthonyoesn t pay attention and Tyral (Mated to the Alien, doesn t hear that partWhen Strega Nona goes away to see her friend Strega Amelia she leaves Big Anthony in charge with the stringent warning not to touch the pasta pot But of course as soon as she s gone Big Anthony goes and tells everyone in the town about the pasta pot Theyon t believe him so he Knocked Up by a Thug decides to show them Only once the pasta pot has started producing pasta and everyone has had a bowlful he can t get it to stop Soon pasta is overflowing and rushing out theoor and flooding the town It s a African or American?: Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861 disaster and only the arrival of Strega Nona can fix it and she has the perfect punishment for Big AnthonyI have vague memories of reading this as a kid and it really holds its own well I love the illustrations and the story too which is both fun and meaningful It s one for older children around five or six but certainly any child would enjoy this tale I think I have read this book before as a young child My memory is tickled I loved this book Strega Nona is the town witch or healing woman People come to see her for any ails they have She is getting older so she hires Big Anthony to help her out with chores Big Anthony sees her using her magic pasta pot and he is so excited he. When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot Big Anthony isetermined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie ePaolaStrega Nona Grandma Witch is the source for potions cures magic
Has to tell everyone and they laugh at him So when Strega goes to visit a friend Big Anthony fires up the pot The town is so impressed with him but he idn t see the full Around the Sacred Fire: Native Religious Activism in the Red Power Era details to turn it off A blob of pasta begins to threaten the city and Strega Nona has to save the townA wonderful tale about magic and playing with things youon t really understand It s also a fun story that gets the imagination going The kids really enjoyed this story They laughed along with it The nephew kept asking if a magic pasta pot could really The Alchemy of Opposites do that Could that really happen He laughed at Big Anthony He thought this was a funny story and so he gave this 4 stars The niece enjoyed this story too She laughed along with her brother She wondered why Big Anthonyidn t listen to Strega Nona She was entertained by this and she gave it 4 stars too I had postponed reading this one as I m not a fan of Holy Crap The World is Ending The Anunnaki Chronicles dePaolo s illustrations I was pleasantly surprised as I really enjoyed the story of the grandma witch with the neverending pasta bowl Plus I learned that strega means witch in Italian Had I known that sooner I might have been keen to check this one out as Io love a good witch story I waited so long to read this book and now I m hungry and fellas you ve gotta read it Review Strega Nona by Tomie ePaola is the first book in a classic children s literature series from the 1970s and 1980s It was eventually made into a cartoon and several other children s merchandise all fun and educational toys as kids grew up I enjoyed the premise of the books but only read the first one and maybe the second or third can t rememberStrega Nona means Grandma Witch and she helps the townspeople with all their problems through her magical pasta pot One ay she has to go away and leaves Big Anthony in charge And even though he was told not to use the pot he The Wrong Complexion for Protection doesn t listen and causes all sorts of wacky situationsThese books were meant as little lessons for children It all comesown to teaching the 4 to 8 range why it s important to listen what harm can happen if you A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp With the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, Late 1st South Carolina Volunteers don t and how to always be honest and truthful Valuable stuff and when it s in a picture book format it s uite strongOf all the picture books these weren t my super high favorite ones but they were still very good I liked the idea of a witch teaching children but at the same time if you want this to be a listenid she have to be a witch Couldn t she just have been a grandma with some magical powers I suppose it s a good way to show that not all witches can be bad But I bet kids learned to eat a lot of pasta from them About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the etails on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures. Nd comfort in her Calabrian town Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one ay when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia Big
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