Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola
(Reading Level: Ages 4-8)
Who doesn’t love Strega Nona? This story begins in spring when Strega Nona plants her garden.
O Bella Luna, smile on me,
And on the seeds I sow,
And let the moonbeams shine from thee,
To make my garden grow.
Big Anthony plants a garden, too, but keeps it a secret. He wants to prove that he can do something right, but of course his plan goes awry. At harvest, both gardens provide a bounty, although Anthony’s vegetables are a little harder to pick. In the end, Strega Nona shares their harvest with the entire village.
Amber (9) and I found the story is delightful and the illustrations charming. A touch of magic, being together with family and friends, the spirit of helping and sharing make this a wonderful book to read aloud with a child, especially at this time of year.
My copy was borrowed from the library and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon Associate.