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Strega Nona

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Classic tale of magic pasta pot has mischief, kindness.

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The heart and humor of this classic story shine through the simple illustrations and uncomplicated plot. Strega Nona was a Caldecott Honor Book after its release in 1975, and other than a reference to "special potions for the girls who wanted husbands," it stands the test of time. There's a lot of text for emerging readers to tackle, which makes it great for adults to read aloud and for more advanced readers to practice their fluency with a familiar story. There are fun touches, like Big Anthony using the Italian "grazie" and "si" ("thank you" and "yes") when he speaks to Strega Nona, and the idea that fairness is important when someone makes a mistake is a lesson for all ages.

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