Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup

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Embarrassed to introduce his friend to his old-fashioned Italian grandmother, a young boy gains a new appreciation of her when he finds how well she and his friend get along.

Embarrassed to introduce his friend to his old-fashioned Italian grandmother, a young boy gains a new appreciationof her when he finds how well she and his friend get along.

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Overview

Embarrassed to introduce his friend to his old-fashioned Italian grandmother, a young boy gains a new appreciation of her when he finds how well she and his friend get along.

Embarrassed to introduce his friend to his old-fashioned Italian grandmother, a young boy gains a new appreciationof her when he finds how well she and his friend get along.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671667450
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/28/1985
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 335,545
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children's book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight all readers. A Newbery Honor award winner, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona, as well as Andy: That's My Name, Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup, and "Charlie Needs a Cloak." A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children's book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight all readers. A Newbery Honor award winner, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona, as well as Andy: That's My Name, Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup, and "Charlie Needs a Cloak." A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in New London, New Hampshire.

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 April 14, 2010

      Funny, yet heartwarming children's book about your grandma.....

      This book is a touching story about Joey's grandma and her Italian traditions. For me, Joey's grandma, was my grandma from Sicily. As I read this funny story to my own 3 year old grandson, I changed my American accent to an Italian accent which really made my grandson love the book even more. I am sure the author was writing about his experience with his own grandma from Italy. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend children of any age to read it and compare their grandma to Joey's grandma.. It is a great way to introduce multicultural traditions.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 11, 2008

      GREATEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!

      This book brings back a ton of childhood memories! I LOVE IT! Especially bread dolls.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 15, 2001

      Heartwarming story of a boy coming to terms with his Italian Grandmother and her peculiar ways.

      When a boy takes his friend to visit his Italian Grandmother, he is at first embarrassed by her, then jealous of her attention to his friend. But in the end, he realizes how much she loves him and how much he loves her. A great story for all of us who have unusual relatives and friends. My kids and students ask to hear this charming tale again and again!

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