The Widow's Broom

The Widow's Broom

Book - 1992
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A witch's worn-out broom serves a widow well, until her neighbors decide the thing is wicked and dangerous.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
ISBN: 9780395640517
Branch Call Number: J VAN
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages :,illustrations ;,34 cm


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A witch's worn-out broom serves a widow well, until her neighbours decide the thing is wicked and dangerous. Moody, atmospheric and filled with rising tensions this beautifully illustrated read will capture your attention in the first few pages. [Also available as an eBook.]

A widow finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom left by a witch who fell into the widow's garden. A moody and atmospheric read with gorgeous illustrations.

Minna Shaw finds herself in possession of a witch's broom which turns out to be very helpful with the her daily chores: sweeping, chopping wood, even playing the piano. When snooping neighbours discover the broom they insist it is evil and must be destroyed. Unsurprisingly, Minna and the broom ... Read More »

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Nov 16, 2018

This is one of my favorite Halloween stories.

Mar 01, 2017

I enjoy this book because of the beautiful drawings and the moral of helping your neighbor in spite of prejudice.

Oct 28, 2016

One of my favourite picture books of all time, which I always read to my older students. As with The Stranger, another of Van Allsburg's books, a lot of inference and making connections to details throughout the story are needed, and the gorgeous drawings give important details that are not explained in the text. I love reading these books, even as an adult!

Apr 06, 2015

So so story , a mysterious kind of story and good pictures.
Not a favorite by any means though.

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