G and I had the honor of hosting Tomie dePaola and his crew for dinner last weekend. G grew up with repeat readings of Strega Nona. She even had that original copy in her apartment in Boston when we first met. (The book made every move from college on.) She's an Italian girl who likes to cook and loves to see people enjoy her food. Imagine how she felt when her hero not only stopped by, but loved her meal!
Check out Tomie's blog for his perspective.
And check out the article about Tomie's work and Carle exhibit in The Amherst Bulletin.