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Strega Nona Meets Her Match
     

Strega Nona Meets Her Match

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by Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator)
 

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Tomie dePaola’s beloved and bestselling Strega Nona gets in some friendly competition in this beloved addition to the series!

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

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Tomie dePaola’s beloved and bestselling Strega Nona gets in some friendly competition in this beloved addition to the series!

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!


"A pleasure to read aloud, this features the broad humor that young children relish."—Booklist 

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"A pleasure to read aloud, this features the broad humor that young children relish."—Booklist
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698114111
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
138,382
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola (www.tomie.com) is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books.  Tomie has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona, and a Newbery Honor for his autobiographical chapter book, 26 Fairmount Avenue.The American Library Association said: “His works reflect an innate understanding of childhood, a distinctive visual style, and a remarkable ability to adapt his voice to perfectly suit the story.” He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a “living treasure” by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

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Strega Nona Meets Her Match 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MsAudio More than 1 year ago
All of the Strega Nona books are Wonderful. They are cultural & do tell are sweet, informative, interesting stories. Children & adults will enjoy them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.