The Widow's Broom (25th Anniversary Edition)

The Widow's Broom (25th Anniversary Edition)

by Chris Van Allsburg

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The Widow's Broom (25th Anniversary Edition) by Chris Van Allsburg

A 25th anniversary edition of the enchanting story of a widow who finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom after a witch falls into her garden.

Some of Minna Shaw's neighbors don't trust her clever broom. "It's dangerous," they say. But Minna appreciates the broom's help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbors, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. 

Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed—now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book's twenty-fifth anniversary. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328470195
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 56,276
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 13.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at 


Providence, Rhode Island

Date of Birth:

June 18, 1949

Place of Birth:

Grand Rapids, Michigan


University of Michigan College of Architecture & Design, 1972; Rhode Island School of Design, MFA, 1975

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Widow's Broom 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I teacher I love this book. It is a great discussion piece. As always Chris Van Allsburg keeps the reader guessing even once you are finished reading. I don't know which is better his written words or his illustrations.

Although this is a "picture" book I highly recommend it to all. If you have never read any of this authors works, I suggest you do so.
katrinafroelich on LibraryThing 24 hours ago
A delightful tale of tolerance, it captures the magic and mystery of this broomstick with vivid illustration. The descriptive characters and use of perspective to illustrate power is wonderful. Very suspenseful, and engaging.
paroof on LibraryThing 24 hours ago
My son LOVES this book - which actually surprised me. I read it to him for the first time when he was six. But I have to agree with him, it's excellent.
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Hermionish More than 1 year ago
Out of Van Allsburg's work, The Widow's Broom literally stands out. Rather than the traditional landscape format, this tall and narrow piece was published in portrait format which is seems appropriate when considering that the book is delivering the magical story of a broom. According to the cataloging information offered by the Library of Congress, The Widow's Broom is summarized as, "A witch's worn-out broom serves a widow well, until her neighbors decide the thing is wicked and dangerous." Like The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, this piece also has a black dust jacket and is adorned with black endpapers; however, in the case of The Widow's Broom, a warm brown, almost orange, color on the dust jacket and the boards give the book an autumn and Halloween-feel -- the time of year in which the story was set.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great to read to students. It holds their attention and keeps them guessing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was an old witch. She had an old broom.Then the witch fell down.I think that it's realy scary for little kids because the broom had an ax.But my friends and I or my grup think that its a little funny to us.I think the story is funny because the broom threw the dog. Jennifer Hernandez,Erica Ayala and Bertha Hernandez.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Widow's Broom This book is about a widow that found a witche's. She told the broom to feed the chickens,milk the cows,and clean the floor. This book was a fantasy and mystery story. It was fantasy because the broom came to life. It was mystery because the broom was a spirit. Tis was a scary and interesring book. We liked the book because it was funny when the dog got the broom and the dog flew.
DancingDivaDB More than 1 year ago
I definitely didn't like this story. It perpetuates a false stereotyping of Christians. Yes, Christians believe that a witch's broom is powered by the power of Satan but born again, real Christians wouldn't act the way the Christians are portrayed in this book. Liberals talk about tolerance and they tolerate everything except Christians. If the desire is to indoctrine children with that same intolerance and to perpetuate untruths about Christians, then the author is helping to accomplishing that with this book.