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Tomie dePaola works his magic once again in this latest story about Strega Nona. Her wisdom and experience helps her grow an orderly, productive garden. Unfortunately, Big Anthony has not learned his lesson. As in previous books, he spies on Strega Nona to hear the magic words she uses to make her garden grow. He uses those words for his own garden, but embellishes them. As a result, his garden produces more food than he can manage.
Strega Nona is a delightful example of wisdom, order, hard work and generosity. Her story can teach young children how to garden as well as how to be a good neighbor.
Jennifer Minicus lives in Ridgewood, NJ. Her love for the formation of young people inspired her interest in children’s books.