Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Strega Nona

"Strega Nona" is a Caldecott Honor winning, original tale written and illustrated by Tomie
dePaola. (1975)

This popular tale is about Strega Nona, which means "Grandma Witch" and a gentlemen named Big Anthony. Big Anthony visited her, as many other townspeople did, for help because she had a "magic touch". Strega Nona was getting older and needed help around her home, so Big Anthony stayed in exchange for some money, food and shelter.

One day, Big Anthony saw Strega Nona hovering over a pot and singing a song.

"Bubble, bubble, pasta pot,
Boil me some pasta, nice and hot,
I'm hungry and it's time to sup,
Boil enough pasta to fill me up."

Almost instantly, the pot was filled with pasta. Big Anthony couldn't believe what he saw, but he wanted a part of the magic!

Read this tale to find out where Big Anthony went wrong!

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