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Spaghetti & Meatballs: Growing Up Italian


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A book for all ages, Spaghetti and Meatballs is a personal memory lesson. Diana Pishner Walker takes the reader on an exciting journey of what it was like to grow up in the hills of north central West Virginia from roots in southern Italy. Food, family, and holiday customs are enthusiastically described by the author and vividly illustrated by Ashley Teets. The result is a charming book that not only has wide appeal but also serves as an important addition to the understanding of cultural diversity in our society. 

About the author:

Diana Pishner Walker was born in Clarksburg, WV and is the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Allessio Pishner. She attended Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, WV and graduated in 1977. She attended Fairmont State College, Fairmont WV and is employed by the Marion County Board of Education as a "Fast ForWord" computer aide at East Dale Elementary School.

Diana's Italian roots run deep. Her maternal grandparents were from San Giovani in Fiore, Province of Cosenza, Italy. Her paternal grandparents were from Caulonia, Reggio Calabria Italy.

About the Illustrator Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Teets is a summa cum laude graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College where she earned a bachelor's of visual arts degree with a minor in creative writing. She has illustrated multiple award winning children s books. Ashley is also a portrait artist and muralist. 


Silver Mom's Choice Award-Children's Picture Book
Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention Best Children's Book
Reader's Favorite International Book Award--Honorable Mention for Best Children's Non-Fiction
Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention--Best Children's Picture Book

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches

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