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Strega Nona's Harvest Hardcover – September 8, 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 10 of 10 in the Strega Nona Series

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Grade 2–4—While its characters are familiar and their actions predictable, this tale adds a second dimension, instructing young readers on how to grow vegetables. Strega Nona saves her seeds from last year's garden, rotates her crops to keep the soil "happy and strong," and, much to Big Anthony's chagrin, explains the importance of compost and manure in the planting process. But most importantly, she stresses the need to sow seeds in orderly rows, a step Big Anthony chooses to ignore. The results are two very different gardens, as depicted by dePaola's familiar transparent acrylic illustrations, with bumbling Big Anthony having much more produce than he can handle. Sure to reap lots of fans.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY END

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After helping Strega Nona plant her vegetable garden and learning the secrets of her success, Big Anthony plants his own small garden on the sly. When his harvest far exceeds his desire to cook and store the vegetables, he secretly leaves them for Strega Nona, who prepares a feast for the nearby villagers. With echoes of the first book in the series, the pleasant story is simply told and satisfying. The illustrations, done in transparent acrylics, radiate all the warmth and gentle humor that have made the long-running Strega Nona series a favorite. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252914
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jean Marrapodi VINE VOICE on September 25, 2009
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Strega Nona has been a long time favorite for many children, and I was tickled to see a new volume arrive. As expected, the illustrations are charming. We see Big Anthony, Stega Nona, Bambalona, the villagers, the sisters and the priest in here, but the element of mischief is a little weak. In the other books in the series Big Anthony gets himself into major trouble and Strega Nona must bail him out. Perhaps the intention in this book was to show him having finally gained some wisdom, but his character feels a little different, and I wonder how the children will react to that. From a teaching standpoint, the book has potential. The differences in Big Anthony in the earlier books could actually lead to some good discussions, since he tricks Strega Nona in this story. There is also an open ending, which can lead to some predictions from the children.

It's definitely worth adding to the series for a fall story.
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Bought as a gift and bought a copy for myself, along with "Strega Nona Takes a Vacation" (I already have most of the others in the Strega... series). Tomie de Paola is a national treasure (like the Magliozzi brothers--except, very different!); I even forgive his spelling Nona (instead of Nonna--it is a significant difference in Italian). I always look forward to seeing his new titles. Cent'anni, Tomie de Paola!
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The original Strega Nona book has always been one of my favorites. I ordered this story along with Strega Nona's Vacation to use for a 3rd grade lesson to compare and contrast the story elements within each story. The kids were totally engaged by it and it was perfect to use for a Venn Diagram to compare because it has so many similarities with the original Strega Nona, as well as some differences. I used this lesson for an observation and did very well, very glad I decided to order this!
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Spingtime had arrived and it was time for Strega Nona to think about her garden. Her seeds had been hiding in a dark cupboard all winter because "they had to rest . . . so they will be able to do their job when we plant them in the garden." Big Anthony and Bambolona were very interested in the garden and wondered when the seeds would be planted. She said that "la luna-the moon" would tell her that information and then they would plant an orderly garden. Strega Nona had a garden book ("libro di giardino") she consulted so she would be able to see where each vegetable was planted so she could rotate her crop and protect the soil.

"O Bella Luna, smile on me,
And on the seeds I sow,
And let the moonbeams shine from thee,
To make my garden really grow."

It was Big Anthony's job so spread the compost and manure and so he "put a clothespin on his nose and did his job." It was time to plant and everyone was excited, but when Bambolona started bossing Big Anthony around because he didn't plant straight rows he got upset and decided to plant his own secret garden. He wasn't as careful and when it started to grow it was a big mess. At the end of the harvest Strega Nona carefully filled her rafters and root cellar with the bounty. All of a sudden her doorstep was full of vegetables. Many of the gardens did not produce that year and when she took the extra to the Sisters at the convent they were very pleased, but who was bringing all those vegetables?

This lovely book was a gentle lesson book on how to treat the environment well and grow a "perfect" little garden.
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Strega Nona's Harvest by Tomie de Paola book was funny, interesting & captured the hearts of my grand-daughters. I love reading t to them & the 4 year starts to memorize the story in the book. I have purchased many of the Strega Nona's series for both of them, We keep looking for more to read ! Isn't it just fascinating how these wonderful stories put sparkle into the eyes of the children .
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We're a huge fan of the Strega Nona series! This story is one of my favorites, though I might be biased because the first page included the author's signature. Nicely captures the sharing of harvest and coming together of community, though I did wish the ending was slightly different (with Big Anthony fessing up).
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We are big fans of Tomie DePaola and Strega Nona. This book is a nice addition to our collection. It arrived on time and in good condition.
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My 2nd grade son is a huge fan of the Strega Nona and Big Anthony books. This book was no exception; he loved it!
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