“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola. Alladin Paperbacks, c. 1975.
Reading Level: 880L
Synopsis: Strega Nona is the story of a “Grandma Witch” and her helper Anthony. Anthony has a hard time paying attention and doesn’t listen to Strega Nona when she tells him not to touch her magic pot. When Strega Nona goes to visit a friend, Anthony uses the pot to feed the town with spaghetti but quickly gets in trouble when he can’t get the pot to stop! Strega Nona comes to save the day and as punishment, Anthony must eat all the pasta.
Rationale for Use: Strega Nona has humorous plot and pictures. Fun characters enrich the plot.
Content Area Connections: Tall tales, fantasy
Possible Problems or Concerns: May be offensive to those who do not feel comfortable with witchcraft.