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Strega Nona Takes a Vacation (Picture Puffins) [Paperback]

By Tomie dePaola (Author)
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Strega Nona sends home gifts of candy and bubble bath while on vacation, but when Bambolona grabs the candy, Big Anthony is left with a lot of bubbles.

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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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.03" Width: 8.53" Height: 0.15"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 12, 2003
Publisher   Puffin
Age  4-8
ISBN  0142500763  
ISBN13  9780142500767  
UPC  051488005995  

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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. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Tomie dePaola has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 26 Fairmount Avenue Books
  2. Barker Twins
  3. Goodnight
  4. Paperstar Book
  5. Picture Puffin Books
  6. Smart about the Arts

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
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Favorite in the Strega Nona series  Jan 8, 2008
My 5 1/2 yr. old daughter was introduced to the "Strega Nona" series in kindergarten this year. This is by far her favorite one! We bought them all for her for x-mas so that mom and dad and grammy and grampy could read them too. Very fun, as with many Tomie Depaola books. These are special for us because we have an italian Nona!!!
Trust Your Instincts!  Dec 22, 2000
The main weakness of this book is that it requires a knowledge of the predecessor books in the series to understand the characters and the story context. If you have read the other Strega Nona books by Tomie dePaola, this is a five-star book. If not, this is a three-star book. I have averaged the two scores out to arrive at a four-star rating.

The theme of the book is understanding patterns and connections.

The story begins with Strega Nona (Grandma Witch) having a vivid dream about being a child again and being with her Grandma Concetta at the beach. The next day, Strega Nona is distracted, and everyone notices it. In fact, she almost gives the mayor the wrong medicine for his headache.

She then has another dream in which her Grandma tells her to come to her house at the beach. Then, Strega Nona realizes that this is all a subconscious desire for a vacation . . . something she has not had for a long time.

She rounds up Bambolona, her medicine helper, and Big Anthony, her chore helper. They will take care of everyone while Strega Nona is gone.

Strega Nona has a wonderful time by herself at her Grandma's house. She sends presents to Bambolona and Big Anthony. Bambolona covets the candy sent for Big Anthony, and switches the tags so Big Anthony gets bubble bath instead.

Big Anthony doesn't know what bubble bath is, and pours it all into one bath. Soon the entire village is covered with bubbles. At least it's not pasta, again! There are two things that I like very much about this story. First, it encourages a child to think about her or his intuition as a possible source of insight. As a parent you can then encourage your child to share his or her dreams and day dreams, and talk about what they might mean.

Second, the book contains a number of Italian words. This makes for a pleasant way to show how your child easy it is to learn a few words in another language.

Any parent will also appreciate the suggestion here that the adults need a break sometimes, too.

After you have finished enjoying the story, I suggest that you and your child discuss some of the dreams you have had that turned out to be important signs of what you needed to do. Beyond that, consider what dreams you are ignoring now. What do they mean?

Then, perhaps you could discuss the family's next vacation.

Be sensitive to your instincts!

Paradise found  Dec 4, 2000
Sometimes the best remedy for stress is to get away by yourself -perhaps even to a place from your youth. This is what happens when Stega Nona finds herself prescribing mixed-up conconctions for the villagers in her neighborhood. Admitting she needs a well-deserved vacation can be a tough decision, but once Strega Nona goes back to her Grandmother Concetta's little house by the seashore she relaxes and learns a little time away is sometimes necessary for one's business.

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