Strega Nona enjoys the traditional rhythms of life in a Calabrian village, and, in "Big Anthony: His Story," her sidekick, a transplant from northwestern Italy, finds his place, however bumbling, in Calabria as well.
Lungro, Cosenza Province, Calabria, "toe" of southern Italian Peninsula: Pear Blossom, CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lungro.jpg
In his trek ever southward in search of a place to call home, Big Anthony offends Pisans by straightening their beloved tower.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa), begun on August 14, 1173 and completed in 1372, began tilting during construction in 1178.
Pisa, Tuscany, northwestern Italy: Saffron Blaze, CC BY SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Leaning_Tower_of_Pisa_SB.jpeg
Rusticity and traditionalism of rural life in southern Italy's Calabria region are welcomed by native-born Strega Nona and her bumbling helper, northwestern Italy transplant Big Anthony, in Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona series.
Fedula, hamlet of San Lorenzo del Vallo, Cosenza Province, Calabria, southern Italy: Enigma87 at Italian Wikipedia, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fedulapanoramica.jpg
"Big Anthony His Story a read aloud" (11:39)
Uploaded May 15, 2021, by Creative Read Alouds to YouTube ~ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v8z5K1kwRo
"Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola 'Funny'" (4:54) ~ In a collaboration with master muppeteer Jim Henson, Tomie expands Big Anthony's story beyond bumbling to affirm that laughter is the best traditional medicine.
Uploaded July 13, 2010, by The Jim Henson Company to YouTube ~ URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJjow2mCOMI