Strega Nona Takes a Vacation

Strega Nona Takes a Vacation

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by Tomie dePaola
     
 

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Lately Strega Nona has been distracted-she even gave Signore Mayor the wrong remedy for his headache. One night Nona has a dream about her Grandma Concetta, who has been in heaven for many years, and her little house at the seashore. Nona decides that she will take a vacation there. While Strega Nona is away, Bambolona will do the daily remedies and Big Anthony

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Lately Strega Nona has been distracted-she even gave Signore Mayor the wrong remedy for his headache. One night Nona has a dream about her Grandma Concetta, who has been in heaven for many years, and her little house at the seashore. Nona decides that she will take a vacation there. While Strega Nona is away, Bambolona will do the daily remedies and Big Anthony will do the chores. With these two left in charge, what could possibly go wrong?

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"Readers of all ages can be grateful that dePaola continues to practice his magic so well."-The New York Times Book Review

"A fine choice for both story hours and lap sharing." -Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There's no rest for a talented strega. At least that's what dePaola's (26 Fairmont Avenue) beloved Italian witch, Strega Nona, concludes in her latest romp. Strega Nona has been dreaming of childhood vacations spent at the seashore with her Grandma Concetta, and in her waking hours, she's distracted, wondering what her dream means. After she nearly confuses several remedies, the villagers recognize the problem: "It looks like Strega Nona needs a vacation." Strega Nona gets the message after Grandma Concetta again visits in a dream, and soon she packs her bags and heads for Concetta's old seaside cottage, leaving her assistants--sweet, bumbling Big Anthony and practical Bambolona--in charge. She enjoys fishing, swimming and watching sunsets, and sends gifts, candy for Big Anthony and bubble bath for Bambolona. But when Bambolona takes charge of the parcel, she takes the candy for herself and hands the bubble bath to Big Anthony. The results--troublesome and very sudsy--are conveyed almost entirely visually, in warm panel art. The breezy text, peppered with Italian words, hums along as dePaola's sunny, airy acrylics demonstrate his fondness for these favorite characters and the old-world setting. Strega Nona, happily, proves as magical as ever. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
For years, Strega Nona has worked tirelessly in her little village in Calabria to help villagers with their headaches, toothaches and other ills. When Grandma Concetta appears in a dream to tell her that it's time for a vacation, Strega Nona heads for the seashore. But, as Strega Nona fans know, it can be dangerous to leave her assistants Big Anthony and Bambolona unsupervised. It can also be hilarious. This tale will not disappoint faithful Strega Nona followers. The delightful illustrations perfectly express the feelings of this trio as they work through another episode in the Strega Nona saga. Adults and children alike are certain to smile and chuckle as they mull over this latest chapter in the life of dePaola's beloved Strega Nona. 2000, G. P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, $16.99. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In this latest installment in dePaola's enchanting series, Strega Nona seems to need a break from her demanding job. She dreams of oceanfront vacations spent with her grandmother and begins to make addle-brained mistakes while she works. No fool, the good witch eventually takes the hint and goes on a well-earned holiday, leaving Big Anthony and Bambolona to mind the store in her absence. Everything comes off without a hitch until Bambolona makes one selfish mistake that ends up inconveniencing the entire village of Calabria, bringing Strega Nona home in a huff. However, all's well that ends well. DePaola's transparent acrylic illustrations alternate between full-page pictures and comic-strip storyboards and are as integral to the narration as the text. As with all of dePaola's storybooks, God is in the details, right down to Grandma Concetta's open arms beckoning from heaven in one of Strega Nona's happy dreams.-Catherine T. Quattlebaum, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
There's an inexhaustible sweetness to dePaola's Strega Nona stories, and this is no exception (Night of Las Posedas, 1999, etc.). With their gentle, light-filled colors and strong, simple shapes, the figures of "Grandma Witch," her cohorts Bambolona and Big Anthony, and the villagers of their Calabrian town fill the pages. This time, Strega Nona is so distracted by a dream of her own grandmother that she almost gives the wrong lotions and potions to the people who come to her with their aches and pains. She remembers her grandma Concetta's little house by the seashore, and the dream-pictures show the two of them swimming, gathering shells, flowers, and mussels, and gazing out over the water. Strega Nona goes off on vacation to do all of those things again, leaving Big Anthony and Bambolona with careful admonitions. But when she sends gifts back to both, Bambolona wants Big Anthony's candy, and switches the labels so he gets the bubble bath. Those who remember Big Anthony's encounter with the pasta pot will figure out the result, as he floats through town with only his feet, hands, head, and rubber ducky visible in the cloud of bubbles. A little dove warns Strega Nona and she heads back to the rescue, noting that next time she goes on vacation she might as well take the two with her. Don't miss "La gloria di Strega Nona" on the back cover, where Strega Nona does a Botticelli Venus with Big Anthony and Bambolona tossing flowers. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142500767
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/12/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
169,599
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
AD300L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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"Readers of all ages can be grateful that dePaola continues to practice his magic so well."-The New York Times Book Review

"A fine choice for both story hours and lap sharing." -Booklist

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