Strega Nona Meets Her Match

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Strega Nona (Grandma Witch) has cures for warts and headaches, even lovesickness. She uses old-fashioned potions and magic and the villagers in Calabria flock to her door. But when her friend Strega Amelia comes over the mountain for a visit, she brings more than just gossip. Soon she's set up her own shop, using the latest modern gadgets, offering sweets and cappuccino—to all of Strega Nona's regulars! Looks like Strega Nona's met her match, Unless she's got her own cure. For ...

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Overview

Strega Nona (Grandma Witch) has cures for warts and headaches, even lovesickness. She uses old-fashioned potions and magic and the villagers in Calabria flock to her door. But when her friend Strega Amelia comes over the mountain for a visit, she brings more than just gossip. Soon she's set up her own shop, using the latest modern gadgets, offering sweets and cappuccino—to all of Strega Nona's regulars! Looks like Strega Nona's met her match, Unless she's got her own cure. For Strega Amelia!
Everyone who's read about Strega Nona before will know she has a helper named Big Anthony and rememeber the big problems he's caused in the past. But this time, he unwittingly plays a part in proving that the old ways are often the best ways.

When Strega Nona's friend Strega Amelia comes over the mountain to pay a visit, she's amazed that the people of Calabria still come for Strega Nona's old-fashioned cures. She soon sets up her own shop with all the latest gadgets. Even Big Anthony goes to work for the new Strega--has Strega Nona met her match?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite the seven-year absence of Strega Nona (last seen in Merry Christmas, Strega Nona ), her faithful fans won't be fooled by the pessimistic title of her new adventure: this witch has more than one potion up her sleeve. When Strega Amelia (a witch with a flair for fancy robes and fancy contraptions) pays a visit to her longtime friend, she is so impressed by the crowds queuing up for cures each morning that she promptly sets up a shop of her own. Proffering sweets, cappuccino and the use of exotic machinery, Amelia lures away all of Strega Nona's customers, even hiring Big Anthony to be her assistant. The newly unemployed Strega Nona blesses the partnership, but readers will begin to discern mischief at work: With Big Anthony around, can disaster be far behind? DePaola once again decants the charm of a sleepy Italian village with his Tuscan-toned watercolors and a sprinkling of Italian words and phrases. A palette of warm pinks and purples lends extra cheeriness to the tale. Strega Nona (a witch with as much sense as sorcery skills) ultimately prevails, humorously underscoring the message that the tried-and-true is often best. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Familiar characters are a sure success and 1993 has brought us new books that focus on characters much beloved by children. Tomie dePaola adds to his Italian grandmother witch stories with Strega Nona Meets Her Match when sister witch, Strega Amelia begins a technologically advanced and very competitive business.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698114111
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 124,802
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 10.13 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Posted March 18, 2012

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      Wonderful!

      All of the Strega Nona books are Wonderful.
      They are cultural & do tell are sweet, informative, interesting stories. Children & adults will enjoy them!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 16, 2002

      AWESOME

      THIS HAS TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF LITERATURE OF ALL TIME. THE SYMBOLIC PORTRAYOL OF STREGA AMELIA'S CHARGE INTO THE BUSINESS WORLD BOTH MOVED ME AND INSPIRED ME. I READ THIS BOOK TWICE A DAY, NOT STOPPING UNTIL I'M FINISHED, AND THEN SOBBING AFTERWARDS.

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