Strega Nona Meets Her Match

Strega Nona Meets Her Match


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Tomie dePaola’s beloved and bestselling Strega Nona gets in some friendly competition in this beloved addition to the series!

Strega Nona (Grandma Witch) has cures for warts and headaches, even lovesickness. She uses old-fashioned potions and magic and the villagers in Calabria flock to her door. But when her friend Strega Amelia comes over the mountain for a visit, she brings more than just gossip. Soon she's set up her own shop, using the latest modern gadgets, offering sweets and cappuccino--to all of Strega Nona's regulars! Looks like Strega Nona's met her match, Unless she's got her own cure. For Strega Amelia!

"A pleasure to read aloud, this features the broad humor that young children relish."—Booklist 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698114111
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/28/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 121,203
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Tomie dePaola ( is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books.  Tomie has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona, and a Newbery Honor for his autobiographical chapter book, 26 Fairmount Avenue.The American Library Association said: “His works reflect an innate understanding of childhood, a distinctive visual style, and a remarkable ability to adapt his voice to perfectly suit the story.” He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a “living treasure” by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.


Connecticut and New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1935

Place of Birth:

Meriden, CT

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Strega Nona Meets Her Match 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Mparis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Strega Nona invites another strega for a visit, who then takes all of her business. Big Anthony's issue of not listening saves the day.I love Tomie dePaola's illustrations and they way he includes the language of the setting. This is a wonderfully warm tale of Old Italy.Classroom connection: Be a good listener
claire.cavell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Strega Nona meets her match when Strega Amelia brings her modern technology to the town, or so she thought. Strega Nona uses the old ways to help people with their marriage, warts, baldness, and headaches but Strega Amelia thinks she can do better and takes Strega Nona's customers away. Strega Nona couldn't afford to keep Big Anthony or Bambolona so they were forcedto find other work. Big Anthony stupidly gets work from Strega Amelia but when she leaves him to run the shop everything falls apart and Strega Nona's business picks up.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tomie dePaola continues the story of Strega Nona and Big Anthony. While the pictures are lovely and the story is cute, it just does not have the same magic as the original story.
lakertraw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A tale of Strega Nona, the village witch or healer. She has a visit from a friend who decides to set up shop in Strega Nona's village. Although, it seems that Strega Amelia will put Strega Nona out of business we see that with patience and a little help from Big Anthony, Strega Nona comes out on top.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Strega Nona always seems to come out on top with a bit of patience and some sly, cunning knowledge, she waits it out without losing her temper or blowing that calm, knowing's priceless in many ways. A lesson from Strega Nona is always welcome, here the lesson we learn is about competition...when Strega Amelia comes to visit and sees how many people come to Strega Nona she's impressed and you can see the gears turning...she thinks she can do better with her modern ways. Strega Amalia immediate beats feet back home and shows up a few days later with three wagon's loaded down with her modern witchy machines and contraptions; as we all remember, Strega Amelia favors the "new" ways and Strega Nona favors the old ways...both valid for the women in question, but are Strega Amelia's ways for this town? Bambalona is outraged by Amelia's modern ways...wooing customers away with sweet treats and cappuccino and even more upset when all Strega Nona's customers turn to Strega Amelia and even Big Anthony signs on as her helper...but Strega Nona knows something Bambalona doesn't and blesses the arrangement. All seems to go well until Amelia has to leave for three days to fetch the rest of her stuff and leaves Big Anthony in charge...Strega Nona would have known better! Read and find out what happens to Strega Amelia and about all the silly and forgetful things Big Anthony does with her equipment! Another 5 star story from Tomie de Paola, Strega Nona Meets Her Match's told in the same simple yet timeless style as his other Straga Nona titles and we simply can't get enough of this trio and their silly adventures that always leave us with a smile and a wise lesson learned!
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Old ways are the best ways. This theme is simply implied in typical Strega Nona fashion - enjoyably and wittingly.
MsAudio More than 1 year ago
All of the Strega Nona books are Wonderful. They are cultural & do tell are sweet, informative, interesting stories. Children & adults will enjoy them!
Guest More than 1 year ago