Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Bibliographic Information: DePaola, T. (1975). Strega Nona. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Annotation:  This book is a folktale story about a grandma named Strega Nona.  Strega Nona was an evil witch grandmother, which everyone would see her if they had troubles.  As Strega Nona was getting old, she needed help, which Big Anthony helped her, but he couldn’t touch the pasta pot.  Anthony realized the pot was magical and saw how Strega Nona made the pasta, except for one step, the three kisses.  While Strega Nona was gone, Anthony started to make the pasta and welcomed everyone to her house to have pasta.  But, after everyone was done eating, he told the pasta to stop, but it wouldn’t stop and was filling up the house, and filling up everywhere.  When Strega Nona got back, she helped stop the pasta, and in return, big Anthony had to eat the pasta so Strega Nona could sleep in her bed.

Genre:  Folktale

Grade Level:  1st Grade – 4th Grade

Interested Readers:  Readers who are interested in funny stories and stories that are retold could be interested in this book.  This book is also very funny regarding pasta, which some students could be interested.

Personal Response and Rating:  I enjoyed this book, I feel that this book is a good book for students who are interested in funny folktale.  This book could also be used to discuss directions in a fun way.  I would give this book a 5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  Why did the pasta come pouring out of the house?