Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola

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Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola
Written by Jim Lewis, Kati Rocky, Craig Shemin
Directed by David Gumpel
Starring Tomie dePaola
Muppet Performers:
Bill Barretta
Julianne Buescher
John Kennedy
Alison Mork
No. of seasons 1
Executive producer(s) David Gumpel
Halle Stanford
Original channel Hallmark Channel
Original release August 2001 – October 2001

Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola is a children's television series from The Jim Henson Company.


This episode is about Tomie dePaola and his squirrel sidekick Gabe who present stories revolving around his storybook characters.


  • Strega Nona (performed by Bill Barretta) - An elderly lady who always wants help from her friends Big Anthony and Bambolona.
    • Big Anthony (performed by John Kennedy) - A tall dimwitted man who is one of Strega Nona's friends.
    • Bambolona (performed by Julianne Buescher) - One of Strega Nona's friends. With Bambolona being a live-hand puppet, Julianne Buescher is assisted in performing him by James Murray who operates Bambolona's right hand.
  • Goat (performed by James Murray) - An unnamed goat that appeared in the "Strega Nona" segments. He and Bambolona don't get along very well as Bambolona claims that it doesn't really help at all, but the goat is usually shown to have more intelligence than most of the characters. The character of "Goat" was based on the designs from Tomie dePaola’s illustrated "Strega Nona" books. The design featured a departure from the traditional Muppet-look appearance as the goal was to match the water color illustrations found in the book. His puppet was built by James Wojtal working under the supervision of Rollie Krewson.



Muppet performers[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

  • The puppets for Gabe the Squirrel and the Goat have been used in different Henson Alternative projects:

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