Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years. - Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide. - His books have been published in over 15 different countries. - He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association - Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association - Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution - USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal - Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association
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Tomie DePaola currently resides in New London, in the state of New Hampshire. Tomie DePaola was born in 1934.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Strega Nona?
A classic book Jul 9, 2008
This is a very basic morality story - Big Anthony (who never listens) was told Not To Touch The Pasta Pot, but when he had a chance he went right for it! Alas, he hadn't paid attention and so neglected to properly learn how to turn the pasta pot *off* - with predictable results.
The image of Big Anthony eating his debt to the village is priceless :)
The best memory I have of reading to my son, years ago... Mar 5, 2008
All of Tomie dePaolo's books are treasures, and this one is no exception! While in first grade my son Joshua was assigned this book and to make a shoe box diarama. It is the best memory I have about his childhood many years ago, as he is 21 years old now. This was "our" first Tomie dePaolo/Strega Nona book, and after we completed reading it we went to our local library and found all others written by dePaolo.
dePaolo's books are so creative and colorful, matched only by mischievious but innocent, captivating story-telling and magical intrigue that kept my son reading for hours. I would highly recommend Strega Nona and all other Tomie dePaolo books to all parents of pre-school and grade school aged children and grandchildren.
Strega Nona Feb 19, 2008
I really liked reading this book. I chose to read this for a book report in my second grade class in Germany. What I liked best about it was that Strega Nona could sing a special song to her pasta pot and the pot would make pasta for her. It was funny when Big Anthony didn't see the part when Strega Nona had to blow three kisses to the pot for it to stop making pasta. When Big Anthony was trying to show everyone that he knew how to make the pasta pot make pasta, he didn't know that he had to blow three kisses. What a mess it made when the pasta pot kept making the pasta! He did not listen to his directions and his punishment was to eat all the pasta that the pot made! It taught me that I need to listen and follow directions all the time or something terrible or silly could happen to me.
I remembered this one... Aug 16, 2007
Whoops! I order this title in Spanish by mistake. I was disappointed, but ended up giving it as a gift to one of my Spanish-speaking students. He's five years old, so I'm sure he will enjoy this classic. I remember this book being read to me by a school librarian when I was a child. The story stuck with me through the years, and as an adult,I searched around to find "the one about the big spaghetti pot and all the noodles". I found it and I still love it, as do my preschool students.
a fun way to intruduce a new language May 16, 2007
My husband and I bought the book for the baby we are expecting, the drawings and the story are great and bring sweet memories from our italian roots. One important thing: please check the grammar before publishing! (i.e in italian Grandma is written Nonna)