Book of the Week #34

Strega Nona written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1975; produced in braille for the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, by the American Printing House for the Blind, 2008)

Strega Nona, a character with a magic touch, has been a favorite with children for several generations and is the creation of New Hampshire's own Tomie dePaola. This edition of this classic story about what can happen when you don't do as you're told is one of many Twin Vision Books available from NH's Talking Books Services.

"Judged by their covers, the Twin Vision versions of "Bambi," "Five Little Firemen" and thousands of other children's books are normal. But these books, through an ingenious alteration allow blind people to participate in one of the most hallowed institutions of childhood--the bedtime story.
Facing each page of text inside a Twin Vision book is a page of Braille transcription, allowing a blind parent to read a story to a sighted child and the child, if old enough, to follow along by reading the text. Conversely, a blind child can read to parents, siblings or friends."

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