Strega Nona's grandmother

Character Profile

April 25, 1999|By Randi Kest

From the moment she was born, her grandmother knew she would grow up to be a "strega," or witch. Author Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona appears in many of his children's books, and she is always equipped with wise lessons and enough rosemary to make even the baldest person sprout a handsome coif.

She learned all her magic from her Grandma Concetta, who spent her life curing headaches, removing warts and settling upset stomachs. When Grandma Concetta was ready to retire, she passed on her little house, her book of spells, herbs and remedies, and her magical secret ingredient to Nona and said, "From this day forth, you shall be known as Strega Nona!" And she was.

As years passed, Strega Nona used all the knowledge her grandma had given her to help everyone needing remedies. And she never forgot the extra special ingredient -- love.

Strega Nona is featured in these Tomie dePaola books:

"Strega Nona: Her Story as Told to Tomie dePaola"

"Strega Nona Meets Her Match"

"Strega Nona's Magic Lessons"

"Merry Christmas, Strega Nona"

Pub Date: 04/25/99

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