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The Widow's Broom Hardcover – September 28, 1992
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The story gets under way when the lonely widow Minna Shaw finds a wounded, sky-fallen witch in her vegetable garden. The witch disappears before dawn, but leaves her old, presumably defunct broom behind. Minna begins to use it around the house and finds that "it was no better or worse than brooms she'd used before." However, one morning, Minna sees the broom sweeping by itself! Opportunistically, she trains it to chop wood and fetch water.
When the neighbors find out about this "wicked, wicked thing" (posing as an innocent, hardworking broom), they accost the widow and demand that the broom be burned. Are they successful in separating the lonely widow and her diligently sweeping friend? This is a wonderfully suspenseful book to read aloud and young listeners will earnestly hope for the broom's survival. Still, older, wiser readers, ages 8 and older, will be swept up in the story, too.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
I would not reccomend this book for children under 6 years. Though it has a happy ending, it does have some darker themes that would be inappropriate to present to young children if only for the reason that they wouldn't understand them.
Regardless, an excellent book if you are in the market for one. Happy reading! -Lia
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I read this book with my students and they loved the rich text and pictures. The mystery in the book with the language and the plot is just enough to provide readers with an idea... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kassi
Love this book, read it when I was a kid and now read it to my nieces and nephews and they love it.Published 7 months ago by Gina
A fine addition to my five year old daughter's Van Allsburg library. Saying it isn't quite Jumanji shouldn't be taken as a knock.Published 11 months ago by Tracie A Stackhouse
Love, Chris Van Allsburg! Creative and beautifully illustrated as he always does. I purchased the book as a halloween gift for my 4 year old grandson, a savvy pre reader who... Read morePublished 11 months ago by patpro