I've always been drawn to the Strega Nona stories by Tomie De Paola. But here's how I stumbled upon it today. The weather is changing; it's getting cooler. Cool weather always makes me crave comfort food. My all-time favorite comfort food is pasta. And there you have it!
Tomie De Paola's Strega Nona: An Old Tale is a delightful story to remind young children of the importance of obedience. Strega Nona hires Big Anthony to look after her house and garden, and warns him not to touch her very old pasta pot. Not long after, Big Anthony spies Strega Nona in the kitchen singing to her pasta pot. All of the sudden, the pot bubbled, boiled and was suddenly filled with steaming hot pasta!
Of course Big Anthony wanted the pasta pot to make him some steaming hot pasta, so as soon as Strega Nona left for a while, he sang the same song with almost the same results. You have to read the book to find out what happens!
Tomie De Paola is one of the most popular children's author/illustrators ever. In this book, which received the Caldecott Honor in 1975, De Paola engages the young reader with humor and beautiful illustrations. This is a perfect read-aloud for the whole family or for young independent readers to read on their own. SSJCPL owns lots of books by Tomie De Paola; stop by the library nearest you and check them out!
And to extend the enjoyment of Strega Nona, have a family pasta night! Grab your favorite recipe and get the whole family cooking in the kitchen! Buon Appetito!