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26 Fairmount Avenue

by Tomie Depaola

Tomie's family starts building their new house at 26 Fairmount Avenue in 1938, just as a hurricane hits town, starting off a busy, crazy year. Tomie has many adventures all his own, including eating chocolate with his Nana Upstairs, only to find out -- the hard way -- that they have eaten chocolate laxative. He tries to skip kindergarten when he finds out he won't learn to read until first grade. "I'll be back next year", he says. When Tomie goes to see Snow White, he creates another sensation. Tomie dePaola's childhood memories are hilarious, and his charming illustrations are sure to please.<P><P> Newbery Medal Honor book

Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story

by Tomie Depaola

Hace mucho tiempo?a long time ago?there lived a beautiful young woman named Adelita. So begins the age-old tale of a kind-hearted young woman, her jealous stepmother, two hateful stepsisters, and a young man in search of a wife. The young man, Javier, falls madly in love with beautiful Adelita, but she disappears from his fiesta at midnight, leaving him with only one clue to her hidden identity?a beautiful rebozo? shawl. With the rebozo in place of a glass slipper, this favorite fairy tale takes a delightful twist. Tomie dePaola?s exquisite paintings, filled with the folk art of Mexico, make this a Cinderella story like no other.

The Art Lesson

by Tomie Depaola

Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can't wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of "rules," he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the "rules" makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one's individuality. Tomie dePaola is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona. Fans of all ages will be pleased to hear that The Art Lesson is, in fact, based on the artist's own experiences growing up, and offers a welcome glimpse into his past. This bright picture book is as covered with drawings as the walls of Tommy's parents' and grandparents' houses, and sends an inspirational message to budding artists and individualists. Break out the crayons!

Big Anthony and the Magic Ring

by Tomie Depaola

From the book jacket: Following the folk tradition of storytelling, Tomie dePaola has created a new story, featuring his original characters Strega Nona and Big Anthony and introducing Bambolona! When springtime arrives in the little town of Calabria, Strega Nona (Grandmother Witch) notices that her helper Big Anthony is less attentive than usual to his chores. "What you need is a little Night Life," she advises him. How her advice and, of course, a little of her magic conspire to raise Big Anthony's spring fever to an alarming degree will delight old fans and create new ones when they are introduced to Tomie dePaola's warm, zany world of human nature and its foibles.

Big Anthony: His Story

by Tomie Depaola

From the book jacket: Strega Nona fans will love this story of Big Anthony, the bumbling but lovable helper to whom she has remained loyal all these years, even after he used her magic pot and almost drowned the town in pasta in his first-but not his last- disaster. How did Big Anthony find Strega Nona in her little house in Calabria? Life for Big Anthony began on a farm in northern Italy. From the day he was born, he didn't pay attention. And that meant trouble. Nonna Graziella was the first to realize what lay ahead when he got everyone wet at his christening. And by the time he was a teenager, he had messed up so many things on the farm that his father sent him away to find work. Some of the cities he passed through have never been the same: Pisa, Firenze, Roma, Napoli. Tomie dePaola lovingly pictures Big Anthony's family and hilarious episodes from his life-such as what happened when he left all the gates open on the farm, or when he slept against the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or when he met a Cardinal on a bridge in Roma. Big Anthony will always be a favorite character among Tomie's fans. Strega Nona said it best in describing Big Anthony: "He's adorable...but MAMMA MIA!"

Bill and Pete

by Tomie Depaola

When William Everett Crocodile is chosen to be a suitcase, his talking toothbrush becomes his salvation.

Bill And Pete To The Rescue

by Tomie Depaola

The long-awaited sequel to "Bill and Pete" and "Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile" is a hilarious romp that takes William Everett Crocodile (Bill) and his toothbrush bird buddy Pete from the Nile to the Mississippi, in their first visit to the United States.

Charlie Needs A Cloak

by Tomie Depaola

A shepherd shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red cloak. Other books by this author are available in this library.

The Cloud Book

by Tomie Depaola

This fun-filled, interesting book introduces readers to the 10 most common types of clouds, myths that have been inspired by their shapes, and what they can tell about coming weather changes.

The Clown of God

by Tomie Depaola

In this retelling of the old French legend, a juggler offers to the Christ Child the only Christmas gift he has. Other books by this author are available in this library.

Cookie's Week

by Tomie Depaola Cindy Ward

Cookie likes to explore, but something goes wrong every day of the week. Image descriptions present.

An Early American Christmas

by Tomie Depaola

"Once, a long time ago in the small New England village, not one single candle could be seen in the windows at Christmastime. Not an evergreen wreath on the door. Not a Christmas tree in the parlor. Not even a Christmas song could be heard in the night air..."

Fin M'coul, the Giant of Knockmany Hill

by Tomie Depaola

Fin M'Coul's wife, Oonagh, helps him outwit his arch rival Cucullin.

For the Duration: The War Years (A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book #8)

by Tomie Depaola

Tomie keeps hearing the phrase, ?For the duration.? Gas is being rationed ?for the duration.? The Fourth of July fireworks will be the last show ?for the duration.? So many things will be different as long as the war goes on, but much of Tomie?s life goes on as usual. He?s excited about starring in a dance recital, taking the bus around town all by himself, and having his first Communion. But Tomie is also still getting over his cousin?s death in the war, and he has to say good-bye to his uncle as he ships off to basic training. And then he has a run-in with some bullies and his brother doesn?t even help him out. Luckily, Tomie knows there are a lot of people he can count on for the duration.

Four Friends in Autumn

by Tomie Depaola

It's a beautiful fall day -- perfect for dinner with friends. But will it ever be time to eat? It's autumn! The air is cool and crisp, and the leaves have changed to bright golds and reds. Mistress Pig wants to celebrate her favorite season by cooking a big feast for her friends. Mister Frog, Missy Cat, and Master Dog can't wait to taste all the delicious food. But why is it taking so long for Mistress Pig to come out of the kitchen? You'll never believe what happened to dinner! Join Tomie dePaola's beloved characters as they realize that every meal tastes better when served with a healthy dollop of friendship.

Helga's Dowry: A Troll Love Story

by Tomie Depaola

Helga, a troll, ventures into the world of people to earn her dowry to marry Lars, but things do not work out as she planned.

Here We All Are

by Tomie Depaola

In a wonderfully warm and funny sequel to 26 Fairmount Avenue, Tomie takes us back into his childhood home as he helps the family get ready for the new baby. Along the way are funny school experiences such as "revenge" at not getting to play Peter Rabbit in the school play because he talks too much, becoming a star at Miss Leah's Dance School, having to eat Nana Fall-River's "sewer-pipe" macaroni, and missing his mom when she goes to the hospital to have the baby. Favorite characters from 26 Fairmount Avenue as well as from his "autobiographical" picture books, Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs, The Baby Sister and Tom make appearances here. Another winning chapter book.

I'm Still Scared

by Tomie Depaola

First-grader tomie depaola experiences uncertainty in the weeks following the attack on pearl Harbor, December 7, 19 1. what are the grown-ups talking quietly about at home and even at school? why does his class have to go to the spooky furnace room for an air raid drill? why does the family hang thick black curtains over the windows? tomie?s mother is there to comfort and explain the confusion, and tomie feels better. but he?s still scared.

Jingle, the Christmas Clown

by Tomie Depaola

Staying behind when their circus moves on, a young clown and a troupe of baby animals put on a special Christmas Eve show for an Italian village too poor to celebrate the holiday. Includes a recipe for Donna Chiara's Stelline d'Oro cookies, created by Mary Ann Esposito, host of "Ciao Italia" the public television cooking program.

The Lady of Guadalupe

by Tomie Depaola

Recounts the appearance of the Lady of Guadalupe to a poor Indian farmer in Mexico in 1531.

The Legend of Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas

by Tomie Depaola

Summary: A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

by Tomie Depaola

In spring, the hills and meadows of Texas and Wyoming are ablaze with the reds, oranges, and yellows of the Indian Paintbrush. How this striking plant received its name is told in an old Indian legend. Many years ago, when the People traveled the Plains, a young Indian boy had a Dream-Vision in which it was revealed that one day he would create a painting that was as pure as the colors of the evening sky at sunset. The boy grew up to become the painter of the tribe, but although he found a pure white buckskin for a canvas and made paints from the brightest flowers and the reddest berries, he could not capture the sunset. How the young Indian artist finally fulfills his Dream-Vision is lovingly told and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, in words and pictures that capture the spirit and beauty of this dramatic legend.

My First Chanukah

by Tomie Depaola

Why light only one candle? What is gelt? Are there presents? Other books by this author are available in this library.

My First Easter

by Tomie Depaola

"A perfect book for toddlers." This book acquaints very young children with the symbols typically associated with Easter--colored eggs, chocolate, bunnies, baskets.

My First Halloween

by Tomie Depaola

"We decorate the house for a Halloween party. Halloween colors are black and orange." Other books by Tomie dePaola are available in this library.

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