Strega Nona - Tomie dePaola

4th Grade

Caldecott Honor


Strega Nona means "Grandma witch" in Italian. In this story Strega Nona is known throughout her town for her potions and cures. She can cure almost everything but one secret she keeps is of her special spaghetti pot. Soon she has a boy named Big Anthony come work for her. He finds out the secret about the pot and the first chance he gets he uses to make spaghetti. The town is getting covered by spaghetti because Big Anthony cannot remember the spell to turn off the pot. This is a fun story to use in a small group lesson. It incorporates humor to teach students about responsibility and respecting the rules that are given.