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Merry Christmas, Strega Nona (Voyager Books) [Paperback]

By Tomie dePaola (Author)
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Item description for Merry Christmas, Strega Nona (Voyager Books) by Tomie dePaola...

As the Christmas holidays approach in Calabria, Stega Nona abandons her usual pursuits to prepare her annual feast for the entire town

Publishers Description
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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Sandpiper
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.93" Width: 8.48" Height: 0.11"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 1991
Publisher   Voyager Books
Age  4-8
ISBN  015253184X  
ISBN13  9780152531843  

Availability  141 units.
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More About Tomie dePaola

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tomie dePaola( 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. 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. Tomie has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Caldecott Honor forStrega Nona, and a Newbery Honor for his autobiographical chapter book, 26 Fairmount Avenue.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."

Tomie dePaola has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 26 Fairmount Avenue Books
  2. Andy & Sandy Book
  3. Barker Twins
  4. Classic Board Books
  5. Goodnight
  6. Paperstar Book
  7. Picture Puffin Books

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Christmas > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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A great book to add to your Christmas collection  Jun 2, 2008
This is a great Christmas story from Tomie dePaola, author of the Strega Nona series. If you have not read Strega Nona yet, I would recommend that you start with that book, so that you are familiar with the characters and all the personality traits that they possess--especially Big Anthony. But, even of you have not read the original book, you will still enjoy the heartwarming Christmas story that focuses more on the meaning of Christmas than your typical Christmas stories that focus on gifts, Santa, and reindeer.

Strega Nona always hosts the entire town at her home for a Christmas celebration, and refuses to use her "magic" to get her work done during the holiday season, because she just does not think it is the right thing to do. As the season progresses throughout the Advent, Big Anthony is supposed to be going to town to buy things to help prepare for another Christmas celebration. But, along the way he gets "sidetracked" and Strega Nona fears that Christmas will be ruined because he has failed to get the items she needs to prepare for her dinner. I don't want to give away the rest of the story, but rest assured, that the true meaning of giving is told, and children will learn a gentle lesson about the true meaning of the spirit of Christmas.

I got this book from my local library whiloe searching through the Tomie dePaola section, but plan to buy my own copy so that we have it to ready every year during the Christmas eason. You and your children will thoroughly enjoy this book.
Buon Natale, Strega Nona  Nov 22, 2002
This is another wonderful book by Tomie de Paola - simple but powerful message, beautiful illustrations, great story. As usual, wise Strega Nona teaches Big Anthony (and us) an important lesson.

For Italian-American families (and anyone interested in other cultures), there is the added bonus of having a number of Italian words and Christmas traditions included in the story - from baccala to zampognari. It is great to be able to share these things with our children. And hey, if Strega Nona likes it, can baccala (dried codfish) be all that bad?

I highly recommend other Tomie de Paola Christmas books: The Legend of Old Befana, Jingle the Christmas Clown, and The Clown of God.

Aren't you ever going to learn Big Anthony?  Dec 13, 2001
Strega Nona (Grandma Witch) is getting her house ready for the Christmas Eve feast, she gives every year to the people of Calabria. In fact she not the only busy that she needs help, Bamblolona helps her father the baker out at his bakery, because the people of Calabria has been asking for special cakes and cookies. That the baker can't find time to sit in the square with his friends. And Strega Nona doesn't have time to cure headaches, make love potions and get rid of warts. Every day she sends out her dishonest helper Big Anthony to get something for her. And every day he has to change the water to be nice and soft and not too salty for the Christmas stew. And Big Anthony keeps asking Strega Nona to use her magic to do it. And she keeps answering him, "No Magic at Christmas Time". Read the book to see if Strega Nona gets the food ready in time for the feast.
Awesome Book!  Oct 1, 2000
"Merry Christmas, Strega Nona" is an amazing book! Written and illustrated by Tomie de Paola, it's exciting and will keep you curious as to what happens next! Strega Nona is throwing a feast for all the people in her town, but will she have all the things she needs and have them ready by Christmas Eve? Read this book to find out!
Great :() One of my family's favorite books  Feb 25, 2000
I love this book. My family always reads this book when christmas is coming up. This book is about Strega Nona getting ready for christmas. She has everything ready, but then something happens. To find out read this book. If you like this book also read another christmas book called The Poinsetta by Tomie De Paola.

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