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Strega Nona: Book & CD (A Strega Nona Book) Paperback – October 4, 2011
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The story of Strega Nona is such an awesome classic about an Italian grandmother who helps the town with her whimsical magical ways. Its a great read for kids of all ages. Don't hesitate to buy!
Strega Nona has a magic pot that makes pasta. It starts with the magic words only she knows and it stops making pasta when she says the ending magic words. Unfortunately, Big Anthony overheard the start words, but not the end magic words and like the BLOB a never ending pot of pasta engulfs the town. Strega Nona returns and deals with Big Anthony and teaches him a lesson he will never forget.
My granddaughter loves this book too. And I love reading it to her.
This story is an excellent example of the cost of "not listening" to important instruction. The boy instructed not to touch the witch's magic cooking pot, does so anyways and is dismayed when mounds and mounds of spaghetti fill the town. When Strega Nona returns and stops the spaghetti, she charges the boy with cleaning up his mess by eat all the spaghetti. It teaches, in a fun way, about unintended consequences to our actions.
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But this is a wonderful version, mostly done in pastel shades and brown, set in a solemnly arcaded southern Italian town. The ills are statuesque but full of energy, with tremendous scenes of Big Anthony the miscreant being carried thru the streets on an ocean of spaghetti. Big Anthony is a hulking dunce, thinking there truly is such a thing as a free lunch. Strega Nona is a litle bit creepy but basically benign, and her witchery need cause no young child a moment's anxiety.
A funny and sympathetic tale of human weakness.
Never try to emulate your wise elders because you always come unstuck or stuck in the case of Anthony -in a mountain of spaghetti !!