Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola – Fall Book Review
Now that fall is officially here, it’s time for all things pumpkin, fall leaves, and fall themed books. After making a few batches of pumpkin bread, I scoured our bookshelves for all books fall. First on the list was reading Strega Nona’s Harvest book. If you aren’t familiar with this fall book, continue reading below for some pictures and a sneak peek inside.
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Strega Nona’s Harvest is a light-hearted book about growing and harvesting a garden and about sharing with others. Strega Nona likes her garden to be perfect but her helper, Big Anthony, thinks he can do better. Can he?
One of my favorite parts of the book was Strega Nona’s song: O Bella Luna, smile on me, and on the seeds I sow, and let the moonbeams shine from thee, to make my garden grow.
You could expand on this and invite your child to write their own poem or song about the harvest. You could also invite them to design their own garden – what vegetables would they grow? Draw a map of this garden. Make playdough veggies. Watercolor paint the vegetables in the garden. Have fun and be creative!
With its colorful and cute illustrations and fun storyline, this book will quickly become a new fall favorite in your home.
To learn more about this fun harvest book by Tomie dePaola, or to buy a copy, click here.
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