Druscilla's Halloweenby Sally M. Walker
Did witches always ride brooms? No! In fact, long, long ago, witches crept about on tiptoe. On Halloween, they would scare children and cast spells . . . but always from the ground. No witch ever thought of flying - no witch until Druscilla. Druscilla was an old witch with the loudest, creakiest knees anyone had ever heard. But she was determined not to let
Did witches always ride brooms? No! In fact, long, long ago, witches crept about on tiptoe. On Halloween, they would scare children and cast spells . . . but always from the ground. No witch ever thought of flying - no witch until Druscilla. Druscilla was an old witch with the loudest, creakiest knees anyone had ever heard. But she was determined not to let anything spoil her element of surprise. One Halloween, after many failed attempts at sneaking up on unsuspecting villagers, Druscilla made a discovery that changed the course of witch history.
Meet the Author
Sally M. Walker is the author of more than 50 books for children including the 2006 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal winner, Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mystery of the H.L. Hunley. When Sally was a young girl, one of her favorite pastimes was making mysterious potions from twigs, leaves, berries, and other ingredients. To her dismay, none of them made the family's broom fly. Sally lives in DeKalb, Illinois, with her husband and three cats. Lee White's first illustration job was to create a picture for a billboard along Highway 100 in San Jose. He has since learned that he likes illustrating children's books much better! An honors graduate of the Art Center College of Design, he lives in Portland with his wife, Lisa, and their three crazy cats. Druscilla's Halloween is his eighth book.
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Did you ever wonder why witches ride brooms? Well, as author Sally M. Walker tells it, the story all began a million spells ago with an ancient witch named Druscilla. In those days, witches crept about on tiptoe and scared children on Halloween from the ground. But Druscilla had the loudest, creakiest knees that anyone had ever heard, so she could not surprise people. Her knees even sent rabbits, squirrels, and fireflies scurrying. Not to be denied her fun, one Halloween, she tried several different ways to be sneaky--riding a donkey, rolling in a wheelbarrow, even making wings with chicken feathers so that she could fly. However, all these attempts failed. Then, as she was sweeping up the feathers, she had a brilliant idea. Can you guess what it was? This delightful tale of Druscilla's Halloween, a little spooky but not too scarry for small children, along with the fascinating illustrations by Lee White, will be a welcomed addition to the Halloween literature for kindergartners and elementary age students. I found it enjoyable.