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I can’t believe I came across this book, my Nonna (Nan) used to read this to me as a child and I loved it, but has since disappeared and I thought I’d never see it again, so was very happy when I was able to buy it. The condition is brand new and it is just how I remembered.
One of my relatives remembered this book from her childhood and wanted it for her new baby. She could not find it in hardback at the time, and I found it here. She said it brought a tear to her eyes and she loves it.
The Italian version of The Magic Porridge Pot and indeed of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit. Young man overcome by temptation lives to regret his waywardness!
But this is a wonderful version, mostly done in pastel shades and brown, set in a solemnly arcaded southern Italian town. The ills are statuesque but full of energy, with tremendous scenes of Big Anthony the miscreant being carried thru the streets on an ocean of spaghetti. Big Anthony is a hulking dunce, thinking there truly is such a thing as a free lunch. Strega Nona is a litle bit creepy but basically benign, and her witchery need cause no young child a moment's anxiety.
Lovely story. The children love it. It is funny and it helps children to understand that sometimes there are very good reasons not to play with grown ups things :) and maybe they should ask beforehand.
I remember this little book being read to me nearly 25 years ago when I was at primary school in South Africa, I always remembered the name and found it on amazon and bought it for my three year old daughter. She LOVES it too! Its a great little book for that age group if reading a story before bedtime, not too long and not too short either. She sings the magic words over and over again. Highly recommend it for your children..............any age
After finding no copies at the local Library and needing this title for a children's activity I chose Amazon and I am so glad I did.Delivery was swift and the children loved this old Italian tale about the village wise woman and her assistant (reminiscent of Dukas and Disneys Sorceror's Apprentice). Never try to emulate your wise elders because you always come unstuck or stuck in the case of Anthony -in a mountain of spaghetti !!
I loved this book as a child when my gran would read it over and over to me at my request. Bought it to read with my daughter although she is a little young at the moment I look forward to reading it with her in the future