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Two Little Witches: A Halloween Counting Story Hardcover – September 2, 1996

4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Little goblins learn to count to 10 with this yarn?and they'll pick up some good costume ideas, too. What is counted are trick-or-treating friends: two witches who meet up with a clown, a skeleton, and so forth. Nothing macabre whatsoever here?just happy, brightly colored characters on a slightly spooky mission for candy. Ages 2-5.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-A simple counting story for group sharing and beginning readers. One little witch plus another little witch add (one at a time) a clown, skeleton, striped cat, and so forth, to their retinue until there are "ten trick-or-treaters going trick-or-treating in the dark on Halloween night." Encountering a monster at a spooky old house, all scatter until only the two little witches remain. One rides off on her broomstick and the other walks home and counts her treats, leaving none. The text is simple and the addition predictable, ideal for novice mathematicians. The phrases "going trick-or-treating" and "in the dark on Halloween night" are used repeatedly, but do not build a strong rhythm or invite children to join in the oral reading, as does Sue Alexander's Who Goes Out on Halloween? (Bantam, 1990). Taback's large, primitive, watercolor-and-ink cartoons are especially delightful, though, both spooky with bold uses of black backgrounds and reassuringly familiar with the obviously homemade costumes. And Ziefert's surprise ending is a nice bonus.
Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (September 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564026213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564026217
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
My child loves this book. We have been reading it almost every day since we got it. The book has a very engaging structure - counting to 10 - and it leads up to a not too scary climax with a Halloween "monster" that is very thrilling. The rhythm of the book makes it pleasing to read, and the illustrations are great: both colorful and amusing.
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I used this story for a Halloween counting activity. After reading the story, the children sorted a variety of Halloween goodies (spiders, bracelets, erasers, etc.) into groups and then counted and matched the correct group with the correct numeral. It was the perfect compliment to my Halloween counting lesson.
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Like Taback's "I Know an Old Lady...", the illustrations in this book are wonderfully detailed.

I read this to my Kindergarten class every year, they enjoy the repetitive prose and can relate to trick-or-treating with their friends.

Good math skill reinforcer, too!
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My kids love this book. The illustrations really capture their imagination. The natural rhyming is great for learning to count numbers too. This was a favorite at our house this Halloween.
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