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Strega Nona's Harvest
by Tomie dePaola


Overview - An all-new Strega Nona picture book on the heels of the "New York Times" Bestseller "Brava, Strega Nona "

Tomie dePaola s beloved character Strega Nona is back in a colorful picture book, perfect for fall and the changing seasons.

In this humorous tale, Strega Nona attempts to teach Big Anthony about gardening and the importance of order.  Read more...


 
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Overview
An all-new Strega Nona picture book on the heels of the "New York Times" Bestseller "Brava, Strega Nona "

Tomie dePaola s beloved character Strega Nona is back in a colorful picture book, perfect for fall and the changing seasons.

In this humorous tale, Strega Nona attempts to teach Big Anthony about gardening and the importance of order. But when Big Anthony does not follow her directions and tries to use her growing spell, his small vegetable patch turns into an unruly jungle What will they do with all the extra vegetables?

With beautiful illustrations reminiscent of the artwork that won Tomie dePaola the Caldecott Honor for the original "Strega Nona," this celebration of harvest and gardening will make the perfect addition to any Strega Nona collection.
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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780399252914
  • ISBN-10: 0399252916
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: September 2009
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 59.
  • Review Date: 2009-08-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

DePaola's bighearted witch returns in a winning tale about generosity and cooperation. When the full moon shines at the end of May, Strega Nona enlists Big Anthony and Bambolona to help plant her annual vegetable garden. After singing to the moon, bidding it to “let the moonbeams shine from thee,/ To make my garden grow,” she adds her familiar “ingrediente segreto—secret ingredient”: three kisses she blows to the moon. In a diverting subplot, Big Anthony, who wants to impress bossy Bambolona with his green thumb, grows his own (considerably more slapdash) garden next door (he blows six kisses to the moon “just to be sure”). In the fall, both gardens flourish, and Big Anthony anonymously leaves huge piles of veggies outside Strega Nona's door. She, too, decides to share her bountiful harvest, hosting a feast for the grateful villagers. Readers get an introduction to some basic Italian words throughout, defined within the text or, in the case of the vegetables, in dePaola's signature, cheerful acrylic illustrations. Without an ounce of moralizing, dePaola demonstrates the benefits of sharing (not to mention eating locally). Ages 3–5. (Sept.)

 
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