things my class noticed immediately is that all of the Strega Nona
books take place in Calabria, Italy, which is also the author’s
ancestal home. We read Strega Nona’s “biography”,
“settings within the setting”.
locations in many of the stories. My class decided this
made perfect sense to them since Strega Nona has many visitors
come to her house and when company comes
where do you go? The kitchen!
all of the details, and looking for the little visual extras
and references to other stories that Tomie dePaola
standpoint about his books is that the illustrations flow from
picture to story directly supporting the text.
After several years, Tomie dePaola has written a new book in the Strega Nona series.
If you’d like to do this author study with your class you can! All of this and so much more is included in my Tomie dePaola: An Author Study
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Don’t miss the rest of the series: Teaching with Tomie dePaola books.
Teaching with Tomie dePaola Books : Little Grunt and the Big Egg
Teaching with Tomie dePaola Books: The Art Lesson & Tony’s Bread
Teaching with Tomie dePaola Books: The Strega Nona Series
Teaching with Tomie dePaola Books: Writing a Response to Literature