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How did panettone , the rich Italian Christmas bread, get its name? With tongue firmly in cheek, dePaola provides this confection as a reply. Chubby Serafina, the baker Antonio's daughter, spends her days eating candy and weeping by the window. For although her father adores her and gives her the best of everything, Tony is convinced there is no man worthy of her. Then Angelo, a wealthy nobleman, falls in love with Serafina and enlists the help of three meddlesome "aunties" to win her father's approval. In return for Serafina's hand in marriage, Angelo sets Tony up in his own bakery in Milano, where he becomes wonderfully rich and famous from sales of an unusually shaped bread: pan di Tonio , or panettone . The tale is a typically charming dePaolian effort, and the illustrations abound with his trademark coziness. Another nice touch: like Tony's currant-filled buns, the story is sprinkled with Italian words and phrases, translations of which are cleverly woven into the text. Ages 4-8.
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About the Author

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children s book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight all readers. A Newbery Honoree, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor Book "Strega Nona" as well as "Andy, That s My Name";" Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup"; and "Charlie Needs a Cloak". A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in New London, New Hampshire.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD590L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paperstar Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (April 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698113713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698113718
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 for his 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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This book, by the crative genious of Tomie dePaola, really is a wonderful read for the Christmas season. The story is the legend of how panetonne, the Italian Christmas bread, was created by a baker in Italy.

Resplendent with dePaola's signature style drawings and a good, readable text, this book will be one we'll go to every year for Christmas -- and of course, make panetonne for the family afterwards!
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When the pressure is on to choose the right book for 2nd grade Read Aloud, "Tony's Bread" came through with flying colors. Add a loaf of fresh warm bread with honey, and your child automatically becomes the kid with the cool mom.
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It's Tomie de Paola's gift to be able to make books and food merge into memorable reading. After you share this book with kids, take time to make the fruity bread in a flowerpot to make the reading experience complete
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Had to send this to my little nieces and nephews with some pannetone bread for an early Christmas gift. The books were perfect.
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I received this as a gift from a family friend when I was a kid, and it has been my favorite ever since. I still have the original copy, though I plan to order more for each of my brothers' families. As a 21-year-old student majoring in Italian, this is one of my most prized childhood possessions, a book I still read to myself from time to time. I couldn't wait until my nephew was old enough to read it with me, and he loves it just as much as I do.
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I purchased this one many years ago for our daughters and we enjoyed it so much that it was a definite one to purchase now for a friend's baby shower. While the tale is a Christmas story, my girls often wanted us to read it at any time of the year. Tomie DePaola's stories and illustrations are classics to keep forever.
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of Tomie's books. If you are Italian and even if you aren't these books are wonderful to read. My Grandkids love them. Don't miss out by not getting these books all my pizanos.
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By Fresca on August 21, 2015
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My cousins' grandson family is from Italy and this was just the thing.
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