Merry Christmas, Strega Nona

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byTomie Depaola

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Strega Nona returns with her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, and Bambolona, the baker's daughter, in time for the big Christmas Eve feast.

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It's Christmastime in Calabria. There's no time for Strega Nona's usual business of curing headaches, mixing love potions, and getting rid of warts. Instead she must prepare her annual feast for the whole town. Poor Strega Nona. How will she ever have the feast ready by Christmas Eve? Full-color illustrations.

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Strega Nona returns with her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, and Bambolona, the baker's daughter, in time for the big Christmas Eve feast.

Tomie dePaola is the author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. He receive a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona and a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmont Avenue. He is also the recipient of the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature. He...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 11.02 × 8.52 × 0.11 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:015253184X

ISBN - 13:9780152531843

Appropriate for ages: 4

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It's Christmastime in Calabria. There's no time for Strega Nona's usual business of curing headaches, mixing love potions, and getting rid of warts. Instead she must prepare her annual feast for the whole town. Poor Strega Nona. How will she ever have the feast ready by Christmas Eve? Full-color illustrations.

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Strega Nona is busily preparing for her annual feast for the whole town of Calabria, a place readers will remember from the Caldecott Honor-winning Strega Nona. Because "Christmas has a magic of its own," Strega Nona and her bumbling assistant Big Anthony have to do everything the hard waythis is the one time each year that "Grandma Witch" abandons her potions and spells. On the day before Christmas, Strega Nona sends Big Anthony to town with a shopping list, which he promptly forgets. For the first time ever, there will be no time for her to prepare anything; Strega Nona will be alone on Christmas. But it's not to bethe townspeople bring their own feast, thanks to Big Anthony's plans. DePaola shows a master's touch for twisting readers' emotions, first when Strega Nona waits futilely for Big Anthony to arrive with supplies, then when she trudges up the hill toward her darkened, lonely looking home. The joyful ending and sparkling illustrations make this one of the most warmhearted selections of the season.