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!

My Happy Easter Book

"My Happy Easter Book" by Gloria A. Truitt

The book begins with a review of Jesus' friends and family grieving over the loss of him when he died on the cross. It reviews how he was placed in a tomb with a giant stone in front. It shows when Mary and Mary Magdalene found Jesus alive. Then it tries to explain why we celebrate Easter each year.

"The happy time of Easter comes every year in spring when, following the winter's chill, we hear the robins sing.

Now everywhere we look it seems that fresh, new life is seen--from budding trees to crawly worms, and many sprouts of green."

In addition to telling of how Jesus died and rose from the dead, this book has a place in the beginning to write who the book is for, who it was presented by and the date. At the end, there is a space for a personalized Easter Poem and a personalized Easter Prayer.

"Praise God, for it is wonderful that Jesus came to earth. He died, but rose to live again, so we could have new birth! Think of all the joyful things we learn at Easter time. Then write it on the lines below to make an Easter rhyme!"

"God sacrificed His only Son to save us from our sin; and so we have eternal life, since we believe in Him!"