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Awesome. The Strega Nona books are a joy to read with my daughter. My daughter really likes gardening and she really enjoys the illustrations of the seeds, garden planning, and vegetables labeled in Italian.
The original Strega Nona book has always been one of my favorites. I ordered this story along with Strega Nona's Vacation to use for a 3rd grade lesson to compare and contrast the story elements within each story. The kids were totally engaged by it and it was perfect to use for a Venn Diagram to compare because it has so many similarities with the original Strega Nona, as well as some differences. I used this lesson for an observation and did very well, very glad I decided to order this!
Strega Nona has been a long time favorite for many children, and I was tickled to see a new volume arrive. As expected, the illustrations are charming. We see Big Anthony, Stega Nona, Bambalona, the villagers, the sisters and the priest in here, but the element of mischief is a little weak. In the other books in the series Big Anthony gets himself into major trouble and Strega Nona must bail him out. Perhaps the intention in this book was to show him having finally gained some wisdom, but his character feels a little different, and I wonder how the children will react to that. From a teaching standpoint, the book has potential. The differences in Big Anthony in the earlier books could actually lead to some good discussions, since he tricks Strega Nona in this story. There is also an open ending, which can lead to some predictions from the children.
It's definitely worth adding to the series for a fall story.