The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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by Linda Williams, Megan Lloyd, Eileen Spinelli
     
 

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Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!

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Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book
“A splendiferous Halloween story. A sure-fire winner with gloriously noisy actions for storytelling and just shivery enough.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There is enough action and recurring CLOMP CLOMPs, WIGGLE WIGGLEs and SHAKE SHAKEs in Williams's first story to hold any young reader's attention. A brave old woman begins a walk in the forest where she meets two big shoes. Further down the path, a pair of pants, a shirt, two gloves, a hat and a pumpkin head come into sight, each trying to frighten her. When she's back inside her cottage, a KNOCK KNOCK challenges her to open her door. Again, the shoes, pants, shirt, gloves, hat and pumpkin head try to scare her, but find it impossibly discouraging. These assorted items have a callingto frighten someone or somethingand thanks to the ``little old lady'' they become the nastiest scare-crow ever. The fearless woman's brave showing, and her determination not to be afraid, should strike a note of familiarity with children. Lloyd's dark forest settings, wriggling clothing and homey interiors are a perfect complement to the text. (3-7)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A delightful story of a brave little woman who, during a walk through the woods, finally starts to notice the shoes clomping behind her, the pants swishing, and others sounds. Her pace quickens until she makes a dash for her safe, snug little home. There is more to the story, and it has a happy not very scary ending, just right for the little ones. Book (1988) and audiotape for listening or reading along.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 A delightful picture book, perfect for both independent reading pleasure and for telling aloud. The Little Old Lady. . . is a clever reworking of the classic story of a ghostly body that appears bit by bit (see ``What's the Matter'' in Maria Leach's Whistle in the Graveyard Viking, 1974 ). The humor of the little old lady's fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt, pumpkin head, etc., that are chasing her, will enchant young audiences. The catchy refrain never falters, and the rhythmic repeated sounds made by each of the woman's pursuers are sure to appeal to children. Lloyd's brilliantly-colored, detailed folk art-style illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. A great purchase for Halloween or any time of the year, and a must for both school and public libraries. Alice Cronin, Belleville Public Library, N.J.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064431835
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
46,739
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Linda Williams is the director of a child development center. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is her first book for children.

Megan Lloyd has illustrated more than forty books for children, including The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' by Eileen Spinelli, and The Mixed-Up Rooster by Pamela Duncan Edwards. She lives with her husband on a farm in Pennsylvania, where she raises sheep, chickens, and cows. Some of the rabbits from her vegetable garden have even been kind enough to allow Ms. Lloyd to sketch them as models for this book.

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Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was used as part of our unit on sound energy. My students loved it.
stargrammy More than 1 year ago
My two year old grandson first heard this book when he was about 18 months old. He loved it. Not long afterwards, he could help "read it". He loves doing the sounds. I would recommend this book highly for parents and grandparents to read to their children.
MariaBond More than 1 year ago
I like to read seasonal books for the grandkids to get them into the spirit of the holiday. This book was great.
morningstarKY More than 1 year ago
This book is the favorite of both my Pre-kindergarten class and my own two children when they were little. It is fun to act out the parts of the scarecrow parts as well as the little old lady. My class is still asking to read this awesome Halloween story and we are now in January!
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juliaSimone More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting book. It was fun to read. I think other children will like it too.
booklovinggrandma More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old granddaughter was afraid of scarecrows this year. I found this book and it is terrific. It talks about being scared and has repeating phrases that children can pick up and say right along with you. My grandchildren loved it and we read it over and over again and laughed more each time. The pictures are lovely and the story and the ending perfect.
Thonis-FL More than 1 year ago
This is a light hearted story for the fall season. The lesson learned is that you can turn an uneasy situation into a productive one. My daughter really enjoyed the story and by the end of the first read was able to assist in telling the story the next time.
Sunnytraveler More than 1 year ago
Cute story with repetition suitable for young reader/listeners. Quality graphics; short and sweet! As a grandmother (little old lady) I identified with this story -- read to my 5 year-old grand-daughter, who learned not to be afraid.