Tomie dePaola is a very popular author/illustrator of books for younger children. This author-study is recommended for grades Kindergarten through 3rd, but can also be used with older students. Many of Tomie dePaola's books are in the "folktale" genre, some are "picture books", but all are great stories with wonderful illustrations.
The interviews below are from "Reading Rockets".
Below is a link to download an interview with Tomie dePaola. In this interview he talks about knowing what he wanted to do in life, at the age of four, and his Kindergarten experience.
Below is a link to another Tomie dePaola interview. In this interview, he talks about his experiences in first grade.
Click on the link below to visit Tomie dePaola's website.
Tomie dePaola website
We have three of Tomie dePaola's books on video through our Safari Montage subscription. Here's some information about them.
The Legend of the Indian PaintbrushFrom the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning PBS children's series, Reading Rainbow, this program presents the book by Tomie dePaola. In this Native American tale, a young boy follows his vision quest to find the special gift he can bring to his people. Also in this episode, host LeVar Burton visits the Pueblo Indian people of Taos, New Mexico where he interviews a pueblo painter and a family of pottery makers and watches the Concha family prepare for and perform a traditional Pueblo dance. The Reading Rainbow programs are designed to encourage children to read by transporting them to exciting, real-life settings. The series introduces kids to interesting new people and places, explores social and cultural issues and offers a close-up look at the world around them. Its dynamic, fast-paced, colorful animation and hip music entertain and reinforce these experiences and help children embrace positive reading habits, skills and attitudes.
Charlie Needs a CloakBased on the book by Tomie dePaola. After Charlie's old cloak becomes torn and tattered, he decides to make himself a new one in the animated tale. Charlie spins a new coat out of wool showing how cloth is made from wool.
Strega NonaBased on the Caldecott Honor book that is retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. The story of Strega Nona features the beloved Italian ''Grandma Witch.'' Big Anthony finds himself in trouble when he uses Strega Nona's magic pasta pot to show everyone in town how this magic pot works.