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book by Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona

Release Date 1975
Released44 years (approx) ago
Author Tomie dePaola
Strega Nona
Strega Nona
Frontispiece from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1st ed., 1876): [Tom Sawyer fishing]

About Strega Nona

Strega Nona is a children's book written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. It is Aarne-Thompson type 565, the magic mill. It concerns Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch") and her helper. The helper causes the title character's magic pasta pot to create so much pasta that it nearly flooded and buried a town. The book, which is likely dePaola's best-known work, was published in 1975 and won a Caldecott Honor in 1976. It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.