Title: Strega Nona’s HarvestStrega Nona's Harvest
Author: Tomie dePaola
Pages: 32
Reading Level: Read Aloud
Star Rating: ★★★

Every year Strega Nona waits until spring has broken, and then she uses seeds from last year’s garden to plant a beautiful garden. She insists that every row be straight and all of the vegetables be arranged just so. Big Anthony thinks it is all a lot of fuss for nothing – why, he’s sure he could just throw the vegetables in any old way, and they’d grow just fine…


Funnies ensue.

Strega Nona insists on waiting until the moon is full to plant her garden and sings this song to the moon,

O Bella Luna, smile on me,
And on the seeds I sow,
And let the moonbeams shine from thee,
To make my garden grow.

She also blows three kisses to the moon (which she claims is the secret ingredient to the success of her garden). None of this procedure feels at all dark.

Conclusion. Better than The Bubble Factory.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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