(If you want to retell any of the stories listed below, be sure
to obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material
is not in the public domain)
de Paola has a version, which is probably in your local library,
called Strega Nona.
She sings a ditty to start the pot making spaghetti. She sings
another ditty to stop the pot AND she blows it 3 kisses. Anthony
heard the ditties but didn't see the kisses. So he can't stop
the pot when he makes spaghetti, which he's never supposed to
do. Village is filling up with spaghetti. Strega Nona returns
just in time, stops the pot and makes Anthony eat all the spaghetti
-- "The punishment must fit the crime."
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