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The Legend of Old Befana [Paperback]

By Tomie DePaola (Author), Tomie DePaola (Retold by) & Tomie DePaola (Illustrator)
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Item description for The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie DePaola...

This retelling of an Italian Christmas tale describes the heartening encounter between a group of royal men looking for the Baby King and an eccentric old woman who, after first turning them away, later bakes them cookies

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This is a delightful reading of the favorite Italian Christmas story about an eccentric old woman and her never-ending search for the Baby King.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Sandpiper
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.3" Width: 8" Height: 10"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1989
Publisher   Voyager Books
Grade Level  Kindergarten  
Age  6-10
ISBN  0152438173  
ISBN13  9780152438173  

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More About Tomie DePaola

Tomie dePaola 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 currently resides in New London, in the state of New Hampshire. Tomie dePaola was born in 1934.

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Old Befana  Jan 1, 2008
Love the book. I use it every year when we talk about Christams around the world in my classroom. I received the book quickly in beautiful conditon.
Great Italian Legend story  Jan 19, 2007
I loved this book as I am Italian decent and remember hearing of the "Befana" in relation to Christmas in Italy but did not know what it meant. I always thought it was the Italian word for "Santa Clause" so now I know what it is.
Italian Charm  Jan 19, 2007
Great book, love DePaola's stuff. The book reads in just 5 or so minutes. I bought it for my daughter so she understands why we celebrate the Ephipany every year. It is a fun Italian tradition and makes the Christmas season last just a little longer!
My Old Befana Book  Jan 17, 2007
My children in my preschool class was so excited to read about "Old Befana" during our study of Italian Christmas, however, when reading the book it was the quality dissappointed me.
The spine of the book was bound so tight is was hard to open, it cracked, and was hard to hold open during oral reading. If I had time before out school's culture presentation, I believe I would have returned it. In the past I have always received good quality maybe this was good qaulity but bound too tight. Thanks for the opportunity for my review.
Janice Payne
Great Book  Jan 10, 2007
I love this book. It is a great story discussing Baby Jesus' birth. Very cute.

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