About the Author
Hometown:Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:February 15, 1928
Place of Birth:Kokomo, Indiana
Education:John Herron Art Institute, 1945-49; Cooper Union Art School, 1952-53
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Witch Goes to School (Hello Reader! Series) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
One year we did "summer school" where I had both of our sons Mark and Jeremy do a little math and grammar each day to keep in practice and continued reading books of science and history to Jeremy, who had just finished his first grade work, each night. Jeremy also did a lot of reading in beginning readers, one of was The Witch Goes To School by Norman Bridwell, published in 1992 by Scholastic." It was given to us. If you don't want your children to read books that make any mention of witches, then you don't want this one. I personally don't mind stories with witches as long as they are presented in an obviously fictional and fantastic setting. My continuing objections to Harry Potter, in spite of the claims made by many, is that J. K. Rowling seems to place her witchcraft stories in a very realistic, true-to-life time and place. The Witch Goes to School is clearly, to me, nothing but childhood fantasy, but putting that discussion aside, we have many early beginning reader books, a lot of which are quite ordinary. However, this one is especially noteworthy because the author/illustrator is the same individual who did the "Clifford, The Big Red Dog" books (which became a PBS animated TV show). In fact, the unnamed girl who narrates the story looks just like Emily Elisabeth who is Clifford's owner. This is a "Hello Reader!" Level 3 book which is supposed to be for grades 1 and 2. Most of what Jeremy had been reading thus far had been Level 1 for K-1, but he did not seem to have any problem with this one, although I am generally uncomfortable with all the emphasis on "witches" and "magic" (the occult) in children's books.