Strega Nona's gift

Tomie DePaola, 1934-

Book - 2011

In Strega Nona's village, the holiday season is a time of celebrations-and nothing says celebration like a feast. All the kitchens are bustling from the Feast of San Nicola, when the children choose the food, to the Feast of Epiphany, when someone gets to be king or queen for the day. Even the animals share in the holiday spirit, and when Big Anthony smells the delicious treats Strega Nona is cooking for them, he decides that just a taste couldn't hurt, right? Wrong. Big Anthony gets h...is just "desserts," while Strega Nona surprises everyone with a special gift. --From publisher's description.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books c2011.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780399256493
0399256490
Main Author
Tomie DePaola, 1934- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The latest picture book in the popular, enduring series that began with Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona (1975) weaves Italian holiday traditions into a lively story about Big Anthony, a tall boy, and his grandmother in their Italian village. From Christmas to the Feast of San Silvestro to the Epifanía—the Feast of the Three Kings—his Big Anthony celebrates and feasts through December and January, and along the way, he messes up. In one scene, for example, he gobbles up the delicious turnips that Strega Nona cooks for the goat, so the goat gobbles Big Anthony's blanket . . . . Kids will enjoy the mischief and the turnarounds, shown with gentle humor in the joyful acrylic-and-watercolor pictures filled with food, singing, and dancing. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Strega Nona holds a key spot in the pantheon of classic children's book characters; expect instant and enduring demand. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Strega Nona and her entire Calabrian village are busy preparing for holiday feasts, from the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6 to Il Capodanno (New Year's Day) and beyond. On January 5, the eve of the Epiphany, when everyone traditionally cooks for their animals, Big Anthony can't resist "Signora Goat's" delicious food, and the resentful goat devours Big Anthony's blanket. Too cold to sleep, Anthony misses out on the dreams of delicious food that Strega Nona's magic grants the people of Calabria: "The walls turned into ricotta and mozzarella. Bedposts became sausages." DePaola delivers a hearty sampler of Italian holiday traditions and seasonal cuisine. Ages 5–8. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—Fans of Strega Nona and her bumbling helper will delight in this funny tale in which the many feasts of the holiday season are the focal point. All is well until the eve of the Epiphany, the special night when animals are rumored to talk and are therefore well fed by their owners. Big Anthony greedily consumes the goat's treats, and the animal retaliates by eating his blanket. He suffers a cold and sleepless night without receiving the dreams of bountiful food that Strega Nona sends everyone else in the village as her gift. When he finds the lucky fava bean in the Epiphany cake, he asks for a gift of a new blanket and a dish of delicious food that he gives to the goat as a truce. Infused with warm Italian flavor and decorated with dePaola's signature charming illustrations, this is a holiday selection that readers will savor.—Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library [Page 93]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Smelling the treats Strega Nona is cooking for her animals for the holidays, Big Anthony can't resist and samples everything, bringing about unexpected consequences.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

While their Italian village busily prepares for holiday-season celebrations ranging from the Feast of San Nicola to the Feast of the Epiphany, Big Anthony cannot resist tasting some of the delicious treats being made by Strega Nona, who surprises everyone with a special gift and makes sure Big Anthony gets his just desserts. By the Newbery Honor- and Caldecott Honor-winning author of Strega Nona's Harvest.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In Strega Nona's village, the holiday season is a time of celebrations - and nothing says celebration like a feast! All the kitchens are bustling from the Feast of San Nicola, when the children choose the food, to the Feast of Epiphany, when someone gets to be king or queen for the day. Even the animals share in the holiday spirit, and when Big Anthony smells the delicious treats Strega Nona is cooking for them, he decides that just a taste couldn't hurt, right? Wrong! Big Anthony gets his just desserts, while Strega Nona surprises everyone with a special gift. Starring two of Tomie dePaola's best-loved characters, this funny story features beautiful art, introduces young readers to Italian holiday traditions, and lands Big Anthony in yet another silly predicament that will delight fans young and old.