In Memory and Celebration of National Pasta Day, October 17, 2021 are Tomie Anthony de Paola and his beloved Strega Nona…for Always and Ever!

Strega Nona Does It Again! By Tomie de Paola The New York Public Library recently printed its list of the top 100 Children’s books of the last 100 years and guess who, not surprisingly, is on that list not once, but twice! Yes, it’s the loveable cherub himself, Tomie De Paola. Originally published in 2013,…

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April is National Poetry Month!

Hey parents! It’s National Poetry Month. But wait! Before you begin, stifling those yawns with a shrug of the shoulder and a “so what?” raised eyebrow, I want to suggest two books, though there are tons out there, to mark the event. The two form an arc from the simple rhymes of Mother Goose heard…

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A Bird’s Eye View of Christmas

The Birds of Bethlehem By Tomie dePaola   Who better to tell the beautiful story of the first Christmas than picture book icon, Tomie dePaola. And who better to give the retelling a very different point of view than this cherubic winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for Children’s Literature, for a substantial and…

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Celebrate With Me the Life of Famed Picture Book Author, Tomie dePaola, on Today, His Birthday, September 15th. It’s Harvest Time with His Beloved Strega Nona!

Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola Anyone may know my regard for picture book author, Tomie dePaola, who passed on March 30th. of this year. I suppose I have always had a soft spot in my maternal heart for both him, and the equally maternal creation of his imagination – Strega Nona aka Grandma Witch.…

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Irish Stories for St. Patrick’s Day

More Irish Tales and Stories   If you’re searching for some tales on St. Patrick himself, who by the by was NOT Irish, but research concludes this saint’s origins point to south Wales, (specifically neath Port Talbot,) then look no further than that sweet leprechaun Tomie de Paola’s “Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland.” It’s a…

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Easter Is On Its Way

Petook : An Easter Story By Caryll Houselander; illustrated by Tomie de Paola   I recently stumbled upon this Easter book from 1988, and recognizing the author as Caryll Houselander, spiritual author, counselor, and artist, I was doubly surprised to see its illustrator was none other than  renowned author/illustrator, Tomie dePaola. For parents and grands…

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Life is blessed by the people that pass our way

Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs By Tomie de Paola   Earlier this week, our parish suddenly lost its pastor, Very Reverend Leonard J. Gilman, O.Carm. I lost a friend. His passing was sudden and swift. I learned a lesson that I had always instinctively known, but never fully intuited; that nothing is promised, except life,…

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Celebrate Poetry Month in April!

Little Poems for Tiny Ears Poems by Lin Oliver; illustrations by Tomie de Paola   After a long harsh winter, spring beckons with an invitation to warmer days and newness in nature and it’s all on the cusp of a special delivery by Mother Nature. So why not celebrate spring AND National Poetry Month come…

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Way Back Wednesday Holiday Classic

The Friendly Beasts An Old English Christmas Carol By Tomie de Paola     Do children carol in the streets anymore? I sure do wish some group of eager young faces would troop up to our front door during the holiday season, with their frosted breaths visible in the night air. What I wouldn’t give…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland By Tomie de Paola Friday, March 17th we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and as the saying goes, “everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day”. But just who was St. Patrick and why is there this huge celebration to honor him on the date of his death on March 17, 461AD.…

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