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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

Publishers Description
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   Sep 2, 1980
Publisher   Voyager Books
Grade Level  Kindergarten  
Age  6-10
ISBN  0152438173  
ISBN13  9780152438173  

Availability  739 units.
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More About Tomie DePaola

Tomie DePaola 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

copyright (c) 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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 The Legend of Old Befana?

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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