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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: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reprint edition (October 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780671667450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671667450
  • ASIN: 0671667459
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,048 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mr. diPaola paints an accurate and touching picture of Italian life. I saw both my Italian grandmothers, and my great aunts, and all their household furnishings in this book. I could smell the fragrances inside the house: the olive oil, the basil, the spagetti bubbling in the pot. It brought back astonishing memories (which included tasty chicken feet in the soup). For my children who never had the opportunity of experiencing the Italian side of their heritage, it allowed me to present it to them in a most heart-warming way. The welcoming warmth of the old matriarchs and their great love of family comes out strong and clear. For non-Italians, it will present to their children a look into another culture in an appealingly simple way. The book was especially meaningful to me because one of my grandmothers made a variation of the bread dolls for all her grandchildren every Easter. We modified the recipe and it became my family's tradition as well, to make and distribute them to friends and teachers around Easter. It's one of the few children's books I've kept -- and my kids are now in their 20's.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Falcone on November 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
What a joy to share this book with my two sons, ages 4 and 6! The dialogue and illustrations evoke strong memories of growing up in an Italian-American household, where love was given and received around the dinner table. A house filled with treasures, a kitchen filled with warm cooking and a heart bubbling over with enthusiasm make Joey's grandma an irresistable character for Eugene, introduced to her for the first time, for Joey, whe sees her all over again with new eyes, and for my sons, who delight in her loving personality! It was a wonderful springboard for sharing family stories with my boys, and it is a story that they ask for over and over again. (Especially if you read grandma with a great BIG friendly Italian accent!) By the way, did I mention that there's a recipe for baking bread at the end of the book? My son is calling over my shoulder: "Mommy, don't forget the bread!" A whole DIFFERENT reason to enjoy this book together!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
One day, while looking for books to read to my son, I came across this book in our library. I almost flipped! When I was very young, my Italian grandmother always cooked the feet along with the rest of the chicken, and I thought they were great! My mom tells a wonderful story about the first time when one of her non-Italian brothers-in-law came to Sunday dinner. The expression on his face was priceless when Gram put the chicken feet on the table, especially when everyone started to fight over them! What a precious walk down memory lane...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 28, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
Watch Out For Chicken Feet in Your Soup is a wonderful book by Tomie dePaola. It's about a little boy named Joey, that brings his friend, Eugen to his grandmothers house and Joeys grandmother is a, well, old fashion Itailain women. In the beginning Eugen is surprised at what stuff she does like putting their coats over the doe to make it rise high and when they had a lot to eat for supper. Then when Eugen was done Zup as Joey's grandmother calls it Joey's wasn't so, while Eugen was making bread with Joeys grandmother Joey was sitting at the table glowering. So just when Joey was done dinner Eugen and Joey's grandmother were done making the bread and putting them in the in the oven (BUMMER). Then they left with some of the bread. At the end Eugen said to Joey, Hey Joey I love your grandmother and Joey says Yeah me too. I know your thinking but he was mad at his grandmother because he didn't make bread but there is something I can't tell you that happens to make him happy but you have to buy it to know.
My favorite part is when Eugen says hey Joey I love your grandmother and Joeys says yeah me to. I like it because it makes me happy that he loves his grandmother and made another person love him to (even if it's just a book).
I would recommend this wonderful book to preschoolers to any one who likes picture books. But for people that can't read it's still a great book that has a good lesson in it.
There are many other fabulous books by Tomie dePoala just like this and they are all just as exiciting. Thank You
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julia Masi on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a die hard Tomie De Paola fan, I have to say this one is my favorite. The story is cute and funny and the illustrations are adorable. Third graders love to read this independently. Younger kids will sit up straight the minute you pull it out. Over the past 10 years I've purchased several copies. Kids will read it untill the binding breaks and the pages disappear. And adults won't tire of repeating this one at bed time. A fun must read and re-read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
When I was seven years old, this was my most favorite book. In fact, I had read it so many times with my best friend that at one point, we had it memorized. My grandfather is Italian, but he does not like to talk about his heritage. As a child, this book gave me a connection with my family history that I did not have before. Often I have wished that I had a grandmother like the character Tony does
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan Breitman on August 21, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my grandson because I used to read the book to his mother, my daughter, and now she can read it to him. It is a delightful story about an adoring grandmother who loves her grandson and makes him her special soup. In addition, the pictures are very charming and they engage children quickly. It was a very successful choice.

Grandma from NY
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