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Merry Christmas, Strega Nona (Strega Nona #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,112 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Strega Nona returns with her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, and Bambolona, the baker’s daughter, in time for the big Christmas Eve feast.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 15th 1991 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1986)
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“Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” is another classic from Tomie dePaola’s “Strega Nona” series and is probably the most heartwarming of all the Strega Nona stories. Join Strega Nona in her quest to learn about the true spirit of Christmas when a special someone gives her a gift that she will never forget.

Tomie dePaola’s writing is extremely warm-hearted as Strega Nona learns the true meaning of Christmas spirit when the townspeople gave Strega Nona a Christmas feast instead of her giving them a fea
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was the first Sunday of Advent,
and everyone in the little town in Calabria
was busy getting ready for Christmas.

In the first sentence dePaola's already introduced a traditional Christmas event and a specific location in Italy. And the story goes on from there -- introducing a little more about Italian culture and Italian traditions. But that wouldn't be enough to earn four stars. The fourth star means that the tale is also heart-warming and the three familiar characters -- Strega Nona, Big Ant
Nov 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: pb-same-artist
K-4th grade

Merry Christmas, Strega Nona

The illustrations that Tomie dePaola is so noted for are no exception in this Christmas tale. The characters are colorful and cartoonish. The pictures are simple but show emotion. The text uses English and Italian words to tell the tale. Kids will be drawn to the character Anthony because he complains about all of chores he has to do but in the end realizes what all the hard work really is for.

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Tomie dePaola is quickly becoming a household favorite. He's a little lengthy for my preschoolers, however, my 5 yr old loves him. dePaola is educational and enjoyable to read. The illustrations have a unique style all their own that even I enjoy while reading. A great educational read for any child.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming tale of Christmas charity and the season of giving.
Nevada Libert
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
no magic on christmas strega nona tales big anthony. i love how she know that christmas had its own magic.
My first grader says he rates this 2 stars.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I will not lie, we did not make it past the second page on this short-story. The main character was a literal witch and we don't read such things in our household.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidstuff, ho-ho-ho
With the whole town's help, Big Anthony plans a magical Christmas surprise for Strega Nona.

Buon Natale!
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute Christmas book with a thoughtful and kind surprise.
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Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.
He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.
Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.
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