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Strega Nona's Harvest
ISBN: 9780399252914
Author: dePaola, Tomie
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Son
Published: 2009-01-01
Retail: $16.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: After helping Strega Nona plant her vegetable garden just so, Big Anthony takes some extra seeds and sows another garden willy-nilly, then must find a way to deal with the consequences.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Science & Nature - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2008046366
Lexile Measure: 620
LC Subject:
- Magic
- Witches
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Europe
Target Grade/Age Group: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Grade level: Grade 1-2
Physical Information: 32 pages
Lexile Level: 690
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Holiday/Seasonal, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 133311
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q48179
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
An all-new Strega Nona picture book on the heels of the "New York Times" Bestseller "Brava, Strega Nona "

Tomie dePaolaas beloved character Strega Nona is back in a colorful picture book, perfect for fall and the changing seasons.

In this humorous tale, Strega Nona attempts to teach Big Anthony about gardening and the importance of order. But when Big Anthony does not follow her directions and tries to use her growing spell, his small vegetable patch turns into an unruly jungle What will they do with all the extra vegetables?

With beautiful illustrations reminiscent of the artwork that won Tomie dePaola the Caldecott Honor for the original "Strega Nona," this celebration of harvest and gardening will make the perfect addition to any Strega Nona collection.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
Big Anthony follows Strega Nona's lead and plants a garden. As usual, he doesn't follow her instructions--but this time his misplaced enthusiasm saves the day. His garden overproduces, and the two share their bounty with the villagers. DePaola's cheerful story will satisfy Strega Nona fans and those looking for picture books about gardens and harvest cycles. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 August #4)

DePaola's bighearted witch returns in a winning tale about generosity and cooperation. When the full moon shines at the end of May, Strega Nona enlists Big Anthony and Bambolona to help plant her annual vegetable garden. After singing to the moon, bidding it to "let the moonbeams shine from thee,/ To make my garden grow," she adds her familiar "ingrediente segreto—secret ingredient": three kisses she blows to the moon. In a diverting subplot, Big Anthony, who wants to impress bossy Bambolona with his green thumb, grows his own (considerably more slapdash) garden next door (he blows six kisses to the moon "just to be sure"). In the fall, both gardens flourish, and Big Anthony anonymously leaves huge piles of veggies outside Strega Nona's door. She, too, decides to share her bountiful harvest, hosting a feast for the grateful villagers. Readers get an introduction to some basic Italian words throughout, defined within the text or, in the case of the vegetables, in dePaola's signature, cheerful acrylic illustrations. Without an ounce of moralizing, dePaola demonstrates the benefits of sharing (not to mention eating locally). Ages 3–5. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 October)

Gr 2–4—While its characters are familiar and their actions predictable, this tale adds a second dimension, instructing young readers on how to grow vegetables. Strega Nona saves her seeds from last year's garden, rotates her crops to keep the soil "happy and strong," and, much to Big Anthony's chagrin, explains the importance of compost and manure in the planting process. But most importantly, she stresses the need to sow seeds in orderly rows, a step Big Anthony chooses to ignore. The results are two very different gardens, as depicted by dePaola's familiar transparent acrylic illustrations, with bumbling Big Anthony having much more produce than he can handle. Sure to reap lots of fans.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY

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