Grab the pasta pot. It’s time for the next Family Dinner Book Club!
This month we are featuring a chapter book for Family Dinner Book Club . We are reading Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola.
Get great ideas to plan your menu, make table decoration crafts, talk about the book and complete a family service project. We have thought of everything you need! So, get a copy of the book and join in on the fun.
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Just to review a bit… Family Dinner Book Club is a monthly book club for your family. On the 1st of each month, we provide all the details for your special club dinner. Sarah from Daisy at Home shares a special menu to compliment the book. And, I will share conversation starters and a service project for your family. Sarah and I take turns showcasing table decoration crafts to make with the kids.
We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
Now, on to all of the details!
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaolar is a Caldecott award book. Big Anthony discovers a magical pot of pasta at a house that he is supposed to be taking care of while Strega Nona is away. However, he recites the magical words and the pasta pot gets out of control.
Here are six conversation starters to get your dinner book club rolling. Just click on this link (Strega Nona Conversation Starters) for a one page PDF file that you can print and then cut apart. Use the cards on your chosen dinner night. You, of course, don’t have to use all of them or you may even have some other discussion points that developed while you were reading. These are just meant to be a guide. Happy talking!
- Why do the townspeople visit Strega Nona? Would you visit her?
- Have you ever broken a promise to someone? Has someone ever broken a promise to you?
- If you were Strega Nona, would you have punished Anthony? If so, what consequence do you think would have been appropriate?
- What happens when you don’t pay attention?
- What lesson do you think Anthony learned in the story?
- If you had a magical pot, what would you make in it?
Family Service Project
Generosity is an important character trait anytime of the year. However, the holidays provide an excellent canvas for us to express generosity even more.
Ask your family how they could be more generous with their time or money. Brainstorm a list of ideas and then pick one to do this month.
Table Decorations and Menu
Now, head over to Daisy at Home to get the Strega Nona menu and table crafts.
We hope you are inspired to create a fun and meaningful Family Dinner Book Club with your own family. Remember that we want to see pictures of your dinner. Please share them our special Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
Would you like to see all the books being featured for Family Dinner Book Club in 2016. We have the list ready!
And, join us again in January for another Family Dinner Book Club when we will feature A Bear Called Paddington!