Alice and Gretaby Steven J. Simmons, Kate Forbes
Alice is a good witch. And Greta ... well, Greta and trouble are never far apart. Alice spends her time helping others by weaving her enchanting spells. All Greta does is wreak havoc. But when a forgotten spell comes back to haunt her, Greta's stuck learning something she should have learned long ago.
Alice's bucolic perch on a mountain has a sign that says "Welcome!" while Greta's sign warns, "Keep Away!" Butterflies and bluebirds attend one child-witch, buzzards and bats the other. When school's out, the stage is set: Alice conjures a wave for a family whose boat is stranded on a sandbar, while Greta conjures a similar wave to wash away a child's sandcastle. More examples of their opposing worldviews follow, but most readers will get the point, and it may be the simple predictability of the plot they will enjoy most. By the time Greta gets her comeuppanceshe was not in school the day the most important of witchy lessons was taught, a take on the old what-goes-around- comes-around chestnutreaders will be anticipating the punishment, but not Alice's reward. As a result of all her good deeds, her view from the hill is getting "better and better," with levitating children bearing thank-you notes, cookies, and flowers. Moore has a style like Lynn Munsinger's, with charmingly detailed watercolors that endlessly tinker with the symmetry of the talee.g., the bats have come to Alice's side in the last scene.
- Recorded Books, LLC
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- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Steven J. Simmons is the author of the best-selling children's book, ALICE AND GRETA: A TALE OF TWO WITCHES. He was inspired to write the story while playing with his children on a hill behind his home. In an interview on "The Today Show," Steven said that he felt a "spontaneous combustion" as the story took shape in his mind. He visits schools and reads his stories to many classrooms full of eager listeners.
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My daughter is currently 18 when she was little this was her favorite book. The book in question went missing so I bought it again and gave it to her for Christmas this year! She was thrilled and we've read it together multiple times since Christmas (just like the old days); and she reads it to the little boy that she babysits!