We have read and discussed some of the scary creatures associated with Halloween so this week are a looking at the less intimidating aspects.
Winnie the Witch
I hid this book away in the Halloween box because Daisy was requesting it so often this time last year. It was a year round book. We see inside Winnie’s house in great detail and follow her struggling to come up with solutions for sitting on, standing on and tripping over her cat, Wilbur. I like to think Valerie Thomas is telling us to accept our friends (and cats) as they are without trying to change them but maybe she is simply warning us to be careful with the spells we use!
Winnie in Space
Daisy and I were excited to discover that there are lots of Winnie the Witch books out there so we borrowed this from the library. In this book Winnie and Wilbur take off in a magic rocket to have a picnic on another planet. As usual Korky Paul’s illustrations are beautifully detailed (I have to turn the page slowly or I get shouted at!). Thank goodness Winnie remembers to bring her wand otherwise space rabbits would have eaten Winnie’s whole space rocket.
Wee Witches’ Halloween
Four witches head off to Scaring School to learn how to frighten trick-or-treaters. After school they go to the fair to try out their new scaring skills. They are disappointed to win 1st prize for best costume and the only response from the children they scare is “Boo!” shouted right back at them.
This simple counting book follows the journey of 10 trick-or-treaters who get frightened by scary creatures. Toads, bats and skeletons slowly diminish the group “and then there were none.” A counting activity with Halloween candy is shown on the last page. I think a math activity with Halloween candy is in order!
The Berenstain Bears – Trick or Treat
Brother and sister go trick or treating by themselves for the first time. Too-Tall Grizzly and his gang try to play some tricks on old Miz McGrizz who they think is a witch. They learn that appearances can be deceiving as Miz McGrizz is really a sweet person who gives all the cubs a beautiful candy apple.
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