Children's author-illustrator Tomie dePaola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.
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.
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!"
When William Everett Crocodile is chosen to be a suitcase, his talking toothbrush becomes his salvation.
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.
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.
Cookie likes to explore, but something goes wrong every day of the week. Image descriptions present.
"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's wife, Oonagh, helps him outwit his arch rival Cucullin.
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.
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.
Recounts the appearance of the Lady of Guadalupe to a poor Indian farmer in Mexico in 1531.
Summary: A retelling of the Comanche Indian legend of how a little girl's sacrifice brought the flower called bluebonnet to Texas.
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.
Why light only one candle? What is gelt? Are there presents? Other books by this author are available in this library.
"A perfect book for toddlers." This book acquaints very young children with the symbols typically associated with Easter--colored eggs, chocolate, bunnies, baskets.
From the book: A perfect book for families to introduce Thanksgiving to toddlers and young children, who will rejoice in all the events of this special day--remembering the Pilgrims, preparing a feast, giving thanks, and much more.
When Tommy was a little boy, he had a grandmother and a great-grandmother. He loved both of them very much...Four-year-old Tommy loves visiting the house where his grandmother, Nana downstairs, and his great-grandmother, Nana Upstairs, live. Every Sunday, Tommy and Nana Upstairs share candy and tell each other stories. But one day, Tommy's mother tells him that Nana Upstairs won't be there anymore, and Tommy must struggle to understand what it means to lose someone he loves.--From back cover
Christmas Eve in Santa Fe is celebrated by the traditional procession Las Posadas. Sister Angie arranges for the people of a nearby mountain village to re-enact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter the night baby Jesus was born. This year was going to be extra special. Sister Angie's niece, Lupe, and Lupe's husband, Roberto, were to play the part of Mary and Joseph. The whole village had been practicing for weeks. Everything was going to be perfect. But when sister Angie becomes sick and Lupe and Roberto get stuck in a snowstorm, only a miracle can save Las Posadas.
A little boy must come to terms with being teased and ostracized because he'd rather read books, paint pictures, and tap-dance than participate in sports.
From his noble birth in Britain to his being captured and taken to Ireland by a group of bandits to the "dreams" that led him to convert the Irish people to the Christian faith, the story of Patrick is told. Four of the miracles he is believed to have performed are also described.
Presents a variety of facts about popcorn and includes two recipes. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
From the book jacket: Wise old Strega Nona-"Grandmother Witch"-is whispered about in her Calabrian town. But everybody in the town comes to her for potions and cures, magic and comfort. When she hires Big Anthony to look after her house and garden, the boy discovers her magic secrets-or so he thinks. In this retelling of an old tale, author-artist Tomie dePaola combines humor and warmth in glorious pictures and an exciting and sympathetic text.
[Handwritten on dust jacket inside cover:] I Miei Amici, As I tell my story, so many memories come back to me... of dear Grandma Concetta who shared her secrets with me... of childhood days with my best friend Amelia and the different paths we have taken as Stregas... of my early days in the little house on the hill... and the happy moments when I met my dear helper Big Anthony and sweet Bambolona who even now are at my side to help me each day when the villagers come with their problems... But, I am getting ahead of my story... Let us go back to the beginning on the night I was born. The wind was blowing dark storm clouds across the hills... and I would not make my appearance in the world until...
From the book jacket: Strega Nona (Grandma Witch) has cures for warts and headaches, even lovesickness. She uses old-fashioned potions and magic and the villagers in Calabria flock to her door. But when her friend Strega Amelia comes over the mountain for a visit, she brings more than just gossip. Soon she's set up her own shop, using the latest modern gadgets, offering sweets and cappuccino-to all of Strega Nona's regulars! Looks like Strega Nona's met her match. Unless she's got her own cure. For Strega Amelia! Everyone who's read about Strega Nona before will know she has a helper named Big Anthony and remember the big problems he's caused in the past. But this time, he unwittingly plays a part in proving that the old ways are often the best ways.
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