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The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story Hardcover – Import, 7 November 2017

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"In a tale based on Italian legend, first published in 1980 and here reissued, Old Befana spends her days baking and sweeping her house and front steps. When a splendid procession led by the three Wise Men passes by, a boy invites her to come along to Bethlehem to meet the Baby King.... DePaola’s ink and watercolor illustrations use flowing lines and glowing colors to propel the story and attract the eye; rustic details help define the Italian-village setting."
  ― Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2017

About the Author

Tomie dePaola (1934–2020) was the beloved author and/or illustrator of more than 270 books for young readers, including the children’s classic, Strega Nona. He was the recipient of the Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, and the 2011 Children’s Literature Legacy Award for “significant and lasting contribution to children’s literature.” A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and spent much of his life in New London, New Hampshire. Visit his work online at Tomie.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (7 November 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1481477633
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1481477635
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 399 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.59 x 1.02 x 26.67 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely folk story about gifts on Twelfth Night
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely retelling of this Italian folk tale and helped embed ...
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