A Delightful Christmas Tour of Food, Festival and Fun!

Strega Nona’s Gift By Tomie de Paola Godfather Drosselmeyer from The Nutcracker and Tomie de Paola’s beloved Strega Nona in Strega Nona’s Gift have a bit of the same magic in mind for a special Christmas gift in their weaving of a Christmas dream for the ones they love. Drosselmeyer’s is a dream that transports…

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More Thanksgiving Books to Share with the Whole Family!

My First Thanksgiving By Tomie de Paola I love sturdy and durable board books that can be wiped off and stand up to sticky fingers and many hours of reads and rereads. Here in Tomie de Paola’s My First Thanksgiving with its cover of embossed figures of a smiling Pilgrim couple flanking a brightly colored…

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Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato

I think Big Anthony and Jamie O’Rourke must have been from the same gene pool. I’ve always wanted to ask Tomie de Paola if Big Anthony from the Strega Nona stories and Jamie O’Rourke were distant cousins twice removed. One doesn’t pay attention, and the other is the laziest man in all of Ireland! Three…

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Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka

Tomie de Paola’s favorite holiday may indeed be Christmas, but he does justice to the Irish and St. Patrick’s Day too, ’tis true in Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka. His Irish grandfather, Thomas Lawrence Downey, was, according to Tomie, a great storyteller on whose knee he heard many an Irish tale and we all know…

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