Review: Strega Nona

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Strega NonaMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola is the first book in a classic children’s literature series from the 1970s and 1980s. It was eventually made into a cartoon and several other children’s merchandise, all fun and educational toys as kids grew up. I enjoyed the premise of the books but only read the first one, and maybe the second or third (can’t remember). Caldecott award winner!

Strega Nona means “Grandma Witch,” and she helps the townspeople with all their problems through her magical pasta pot. One day, she has to go away and leaves Big Anthony in charge. And even though he was told not to use the pot, he doesn’t listen and causes all sorts of wacky situations.

These books were meant as little lessons for children. It all comes down to teaching the 4 to 8 range why it’s important to listen, what harm can happen if you don’t and how to always be honest and truthful. Valuable stuff… and when it’s in a picture book format, it’s quite strong.

Of all the picture books, these weren’t my super-high favorite ones, but they were still very good. I liked the idea of a witch teaching children, but at the same time… if you want this to be a listen, did she have to be a witch? Couldn’t she just have been a grandma with some magical powers? I suppose it’s a good way to show that not all “witches” can be bad. But I bet kids learned to eat a lot of pasta from them!!!

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5 thoughts on “Review: Strega Nona

    lghiggins said:
    May 4, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    I and my first graders and kindergarteners loved the Strega Nona books. As you say, the lessons are outstanding, but offered in a non-preachy way. Tomie de Paola is the consummate storyteller and his illustrations are perfect for his stories. Oddly I had never worried about the witch thing. Odd, because I am opposed to things occult. I think I viewed that on a “fairy tale” level, something you suspend reality for and jump into the field of imagination, with perhaps a little multiculturalism thrown in. Somehow, I always pictured Strega Nona as someone’s interesting grandmother, not a worshiper of Satan. But then, I am somewhat of a Pollyanna and my glass is always half full. Thanks for bringing this wonderful book back to memory.

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    foodinbooks said:
    June 20, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Loved this book as a kid! Strega Nona was just so unusual for me, and I loved her pasta pot!

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