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WITCHES FOUR (PARENTS MAGAZINE READ ALOUD ORIGINAL)

Author: Marc Brown

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Publisher: Parents Magazine Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: When four witches go out to do some spooking, they lose their hats. They will have a challenge to get them back. This fun and silly tale is told in rhyming text, perfect for preschoolers and early readers.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, family reading, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 1.6

Age of Child: Started reading with child 32 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: Toddler was cautious about this book during the first reading, but the silliness of the story (the witches eat bat sandwiches and brush their teeth with spider paste) soon won her over. This is her favorite Halloween book so far.

Adult Reader Reaction: This silly book entertained this parent. Even the ending was a surprise.

Pros: Witches Four provides opportunities for counting and comparison (four witches, four hats, four cats, and so on).

Cons: None

Borrow or Buy: Buy. The book's rhyming fun text and silly tale will make it a Halloween tradition.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JEROME AND THE WITCHCRAFT KIDS   MICKEY AND FRIENDS HAUNTED HALLOWEEN  

Educational Themes: This Halloween story's educational value is in its rhyming text which is useful for teaching early readers.

Notes: This book is out of print, but used copies are available at www.bn.com and www.waldenbooks.com

Literary Categories: fiction - counting, Halloween, Rhyme, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2004

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