STREGA NONA’S GIFT
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
To Be Published October 18, 2011
Nancy Paulsen Books, New York
Copyright © 2011 by Tomie dePaola
8 ¾” (width) x 11 ½” (height)
Hardcover, Picture Book, 32 pages, unnumbered
Reading Level – Ages 5-8, K-Grade 3
From the publisher’s catalog…
In Strega Nona’s village, the holiday season is a time of celebrations – and nothing says celebration like a feast! All the kitchens are bustling from the Feast of San Nicola, when the children choose the food, to the Feast of Epiphany, when someone gets to be king or queen for the day. Even the animals share in the holiday spirit, and when Big Anthony smells the delicious treats Strega Nona is cooking for them, he decides that just a taste couldn’t hurt, right? Wrong! Big Anthony gets his just desserts, while Strega Nona surprises everyone with a special gift.
Starring two of Tomie dePaola’s best-loved characters, this funny story features beautiful art, introduces young readers to Italian holiday traditions, and lands Big Anthony in yet another silly predicament that will delight fans young and old.
Editor – Nancy Paulsen
Art Director – Cecilia Yung
Book Designer – Marikka Tamura
The art was done on Fabriano 140 lb., handmade watercolor paper using transparent acrylics.