Teacher Review of Strega Nona
by Alexie Basil and Traci Swain
Allan Solís—who teaches kindergarten to second grade at Fair Haven School in New Haven, Connecticut—loves reading Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona to his students.
A beloved classic tale that has stood the test of time, Strega Nona is a Caldecott Honor–winning classroom favorite that was named one of the Top 100 Picture Books of all time in a 2012 School Library Journal poll.
Strega Nona was one of Allan’s favorite books as a kid. “I first fell in love with the story when I was in second grade,” he says.
And now as a teacher, he really likes to use this book with students in different grades because it works for a variety of ages. Watch Allan’s review (and read-aloud of his favorite passage) to discover how to share Strega Nona with your students, especially during the holiday season!
We agree with Allan that Strega Nona is an excellent classroom resource: complete with life lessons, a lovable old lady, a memorable incantation, and lots of pasta. Have fun bringing the magic of this story into your classroom!
These Books Are Available from Scholastic Book Clubs
’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
No Turkey for Thanksgiving by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Kathryn Mitter
Strega Nona by Tomi dePaola
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto, illustrated by Ed Martinez