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In 2001, Tomie hosted a short-lived television series, ''Telling Stories with Tomie [=dePaola=]'', produced by the Creator/JimHenson Company. The series is available for streaming on [[https://therokuchannel.roku.com/details/aface91ef95e562c9d618ea8445cc0f1/telling-stories-with-tomie-depaola/season-1#! the Roku Channel]].

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In 2001, Tomie hosted a short-lived television series, ''Telling Stories with Tomie [=dePaola=]'', produced by the Creator/JimHenson Company.Company, and airing on Hallmark Channel. The series is available for streaming on [[https://therokuchannel.roku.com/details/aface91ef95e562c9d618ea8445cc0f1/telling-stories-with-tomie-depaola/season-1#! the Roku Channel]].



* BigFun: While Tomie was always fairly well-built, he put on a significant amount of weight between the late 1990's and the early 2010's (though he slimmed down somewhat toward the end of his life). In addition, everyone who knew him all agree that he was warm, friendly, and caring, with an unwavering and childlike ''joie de vivre'' and a charming sense of humor; as the page image indicates, he was also quick to smile.

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* BigFun: While Tomie was always fairly well-built, solidly-built, he put on a significant amount lot of weight between the late 1990's and the early 2010's (though he slimmed down somewhat toward the end of his life). In addition, everyone who knew him all agree that he was warm, friendly, and caring, with an unwavering and childlike ''joie de vivre'' and a charming sense of humor; as the page image indicates, he was also quick to smile.



* NiceGuy: Tomie's friends, colleagues, and family -- not to mention those of his fans who had the great luck to meet him -- can vouch that he was a truly kind, gentle, and sweet man.

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* NiceGuy: Tomie's friends, colleagues, family, and family colleagues -- not to mention those of his fans who had the great luck to meet him -- can vouch that he was a truly kind, gentle, and sweet man.the kindest, sweetest man you'd ever meet.


* WriteWhatYouKnow: Many of [=dePaola=]'s books are autobiographical in nature, and [[WriteWhoYouKnow his family features prominently in such stories]].

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: Many of [=dePaola=]'s books are autobiographical in nature, nature[[note]]He frequently changed small details, though, so they might best be described as -- to use his words -- "autobiographical fiction."[[/note]], and [[WriteWhoYouKnow his family features prominently in such stories]].

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* ''Fight the Night''


* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [=dePaola=]'s maternal cousin, singer Morton Downey, predicted that the boy would grow to be very famous, so he would need to spell his name in a unique way. To that end, he spelled his name as T-O-M-I-E.(When he went to school, however, he was forced to spell it as T-O-M-M-Y.)

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [=dePaola=]'s maternal cousin, singer Morton Downey, predicted that the boy would grow to be very famous, so if he wanted to be remembered, he would need to spell his name in a unique way. To that end, he spelled his name as T-O-M-I-E.(When he went to school, however, he was forced to spell it as T-O-M-M-Y.)


* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [=dePaola=]'s maternal grandfather, Tom Downey, declared that the boy would grow to be very famous, and would need to spell his name in a unique way. To that end, he spelled his name as T-O-M-I-E.(When he went to school, however, he was forced to spell it as T-O-M-M-Y.)

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: [=dePaola=]'s maternal grandfather, Tom cousin, singer Morton Downey, declared predicted that the boy would grow to be very famous, and so he would need to spell his name in a unique way. To that end, he spelled his name as T-O-M-I-E.(When he went to school, however, he was forced to spell it as T-O-M-M-Y.)


* ''Oliver Button is a Sissy''

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* ''Oliver Button is a Sissy''''Literature/OliverButtonIsASissy''


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## ''Bill and Pete''
## ''Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile''
## ''Bill and Pete to the Rescue''


[=dePaola=] studied art at New York City's Pratt Institute, and would receive honorary degrees from various colleges across the country, as well as teaching art at several more. He retired from teaching in 1978 to focus on his illustrating and writing career. He frequently collaborated with other authors (with his first illustration credit being for Lisa Miller's ''Sound'', in 1965), but is best remembered for the works that he authored himself, ranging from [[WriteWhatYouKnow stories from his childhood]] to retellings of folktales and legends -- among all of them, he is most famous as the creator of the beloved Southern Italian traditional healer/wise woman, Literature/StregaNona. For his contributions to children's literature, he won several awards, including the Caldecott Honor (for the first ''Strega Nona'' story), the Newbery Honor (for ''26 Fairmount Avenue''), and the Children's Literature Legacy Award, as well as being named a Living Treasure by the State of New Hampshire.

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[=dePaola=] studied art at New York City's Pratt Institute, and would receive honorary degrees from various colleges across the country, as well as teaching art at several more. He retired from teaching in 1978 to focus on his illustrating and writing career. He frequently collaborated with other authors (with his first illustration credit being for Lisa Miller's ''Sound'', in 1965), but is best remembered for the works that he authored himself, ranging from [[WriteWhatYouKnow stories from his childhood]] childhood anecdotes]] to retellings re-tellings of folktales and legends -- among all of them, he is most famous as the creator of the beloved Southern Italian traditional healer/wise woman, Literature/StregaNona. For his contributions to children's literature, he won several awards, including the Caldecott Honor (for the first ''Strega Nona'' story), the Newbery Honor (for ''26 Fairmount Avenue''), and the Children's Literature Legacy Award, as well as being named a Living Treasure by the State of New Hampshire.



Tomie was of Irish descent on his mother's side of the family, and Italian (Calabrian, to be exact) on his father's; many of his stories -- most notably the adventures of Jamie O'Rourke and Strega Nona -- reflect his heritage. A native of New England, he was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut, and lived in New London, New Hampshire for most of his life. This was reflected in his anthology of New England tall tales, ''Tomie [=dePaola=]'s Front Porch Tales and North Country Whoppers.''

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Tomie was of Irish descent on his mother's side of the family, and Italian (Calabrian, to be exact) on his father's; many of his stories -- most notably the adventures such as those of Strega Nona, Old Befana, and Jamie O'Rourke and Strega Nona -- reflect his heritage. A native of New England, he was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut, and lived in New London, New Hampshire for most of his life. This was reflected in his anthology of New England tall tales, ''Tomie [=dePaola=]'s Front Porch Tales and North Country Whoppers.''



!!Selected Works

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!!Selected WorksBibiography (both written and illustrated by Tomie unless otherwise noted)


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## ''26 Fairmount Avenue''
## ''Here We All Are''
## ''On My Way''
## ''What a Year''
## ''Things Will Never Be the Same''
## ''I'm Still Scared''
## ''Why?''
## ''For the Duration''


** Some of Tomie's autobiographical works also use different styles of drawing. ''Now One Foot, Now the Other'', for instance, looks markedly more realistic than such titles as ''Tom'' or ''Oliver Button is a Sissy''.

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** Some of Tomie's autobiographical works also use different styles of drawing. ''Now One Foot, Now the Other'', for instance, looks markedly more realistic naturalistic than such titles as ''Tom'' or ''Oliver Button is a Sissy''.



* BigFun: While Tomie was always fairly well-built, he put on a significant amount of weight between the late 1990's and the early 2010's (though he slimmed down somewhat toward the end of his life). In addition, everyone who knew him -- friends, family, colleagues, and the lucky fans who met him -- all agree that he was a [[NiceGuy warm and loving man]], with an unwavering and childlike ''joie de vivre'' and a witty sense of humor; as the page image indicates, he was also quick to smile.

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* BigFun: While Tomie was always fairly well-built, he put on a significant amount of weight between the late 1990's and the early 2010's (though he slimmed down somewhat toward the end of his life). In addition, everyone who knew him -- friends, family, colleagues, and the lucky fans who met him -- all agree that he was a [[NiceGuy warm warm, friendly, and loving man]], caring, with an unwavering and childlike ''joie de vivre'' and a witty charming sense of humor; as the page image indicates, he was also quick to smile.


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* NiceGuy: Tomie's friends, colleagues, and family -- not to mention those of his fans who had the great luck to meet him -- can vouch that he was a truly kind, gentle, and sweet man.


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*** His love of performing is also explored in ''Stagestruck'', in which he recalled his experience being cast in his school's production of ''Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit''.


In 2001, Tomie hosted a short-lived television series, ''Telling Stories with Tomie [=dePaola=]'', produced by the Creator/JimHenson Company. The series is available for streaming on [[https://therokuchannel.roku.com/details/aface91ef95e562c9d618ea8445cc0f1/telling-stories-with-tomie-depaola/season-1#! Roku]].

[=dePaola=] was of Irish descent on his mother's side of the family, and Italian (Calabrian, to be exact) on his father's; many of his stories -- most notably the adventures of Jamie O'Rourke and Strega Nona -- reflect his heritage. A native of New England, he was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut, and lived in New London, New Hampshire for most of his life. This was reflected in his anthology of New England tall tales, ''Tomie [=dePaola=]'s Front Porch Tales and North Country Whoppers.''

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In 2001, Tomie hosted a short-lived television series, ''Telling Stories with Tomie [=dePaola=]'', produced by the Creator/JimHenson Company. The series is available for streaming on [[https://therokuchannel.roku.com/details/aface91ef95e562c9d618ea8445cc0f1/telling-stories-with-tomie-depaola/season-1#! Roku]].

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was of Irish descent on his mother's side of the family, and Italian (Calabrian, to be exact) on his father's; many of his stories -- most notably the adventures of Jamie O'Rourke and Strega Nona -- reflect his heritage. A native of New England, he was born and raised in Meriden, Connecticut, and lived in New London, New Hampshire for most of his life. This was reflected in his anthology of New England tall tales, ''Tomie [=dePaola=]'s Front Porch Tales and North Country Whoppers.''



* BigFun: While Tomie was always fairly well-built, he put on a significant amount of weight between the late 1990s and the early 2010s (though he slimmed down somewhat toward the end of his life). In addition, everyone who knew him -- close friends, family, colleagues, and the lucky fans who met him -- attest that he was a [[NiceGuy warm and loving man]], with an unwavering and childlike ''joie de vivre'', a sharp wit, and a ready laugh.
* BlackBeadEyes: A hallmark of [=dePaola=]'s art style. Very rarely do characters in his books have eyes with visible irises and sclerae.
* CoolOldGuy: In the book dedicated to him, Tomie's maternal grandfather, Tom Downey, is shown to have been a vivacious, warm-hearted man with an impish sense of humor. Considering all things, it's no wonder that his grandson shared such a strong bond with him.

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* BigFun: While Tomie was always fairly well-built, he put on a significant amount of weight between the late 1990s 1990's and the early 2010s 2010's (though he slimmed down somewhat toward the end of his life). In addition, everyone who knew him -- close friends, family, colleagues, and the lucky fans who met him -- attest all agree that he was a [[NiceGuy warm and loving man]], with an unwavering and childlike ''joie de vivre'', a sharp wit, vivre'' and a ready laugh.
witty sense of humor; as the page image indicates, he was also quick to smile.
* BlackBeadEyes: A hallmark of [=dePaola=]'s art style. Very rarely do characters in his books have eyes with visible irises and sclerae.
sclerae, and even then, only in close-ups.
* CoolOldGuy: In the book dedicated to him, ''Tom'', Tomie's maternal grandfather, Tom Downey, is shown to have been a vivacious, warm-hearted man with an impish sense of humor. Considering all things, it's no wonder that his grandson shared such a strong bond with him.

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