Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Origins of STREGA NONA

Mrs. Pevoteaux and her second grade class at Trailblazer Elementary in Colorado Springs, Colorado: In the video "A Visit with Tomie dePaola" you said that Strega Nona was an original character. We then found these two different book covers, one stating that STREGA NONA is an original tale and one stating that it is an old tale. Could you please clarify the origins of STREGA NONA for us?

Tomie: Gladly. Check out the posting at Tomie.com. (I asked the publisher to change the subtitle from "old" tale to "original" tale. People had misunderstood my use of "old" in the first editions of the book.)