ABC and 123: Author Challenge: Tomie dePaola

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Author Challenge: Tomie dePaola

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Tomie dePaola

Here's a bit of an introduction to Tomie dePaola, taken from his official website(pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is best known for his books for children.

He's been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers.

Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.

He lives in New London, New Hampshire with his new Airedale dog, Brontë.

In the Heart of my Home has put together a fantastic resource for homeschool families, it is a literature unit that integreates many of dePaola's holiday books.  She, by the way, was the winner of a homeschool blog award for 2009.

Good Reads has an extensive list of Tomie dePaola's books.

A Day of Wonders has written a review of a dePaola Christmas favorite, The Legend of the Poinsettia.

The Christmas Season has posted a Children's Christmas Literature Unit called :Have a Tomie dePaola Holiday.

Find out more about Strega Nona from a mom's perspective at flipflops and applesauce.  This review includes a free coloring page.

Bibbidi bobbidi Boo has written a review of The Art Lesson.

Murray Hill 5~In My Kitchen write about Tony's Bread.

Margo Dill's Read These Books and Use Them has done a review of dePaola's Meet the Barkers.

Thank you to The Adventures of Bear for taking us up on the challenge.  She submitted a book review of dePaola's Watch out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup.  In this second link you will find the follow up baking project she put together to go with the story.  Because of her participation, Julie will be our Saturday Spotlight blogger in January!
Update: We got a last minute submission from Sandra at Monkey See Monkey Do, they read The Legend of the Pointsettia.  See her post for a nice review of the book and to find out how they made their own pointsettia for the tree out of toilet paper rolls.
Update #2:  Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns has sent us a review of dePaola's Country Angel Christmas and pictures of the activity they did to follow up the reading.