Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything By: Linda Williams Illustrated by: Megan Lloyd

Go on a walk with a little old woman on a dark and eerie night. As you walk with her you will find that she is being followed by various clothing items and each of them makes a spooky sound.  Even after she yells to them she isn't afraid they continue to follow her.  By the end of her walk she has a pair of shoes (CLOMP), pants (WIGGLE), a shirt (SHAKE), gloves (CLAP), a hat (NOD), and a very scary pumpkin head that goes BOO, BOO! The old lady begins to run all the way home and locks the door behind her.  She then hears a knock on the door and when she opens it there are all the items waiting to scare her.  When she tells them she isn't afraid of them they become sad.  So the little old woman has an idea.  She looks out her window the next morning and there you see the scarecrow she has made out of all the items scaring the crows away!

This story is one that I can remember being read to as a young child at school during the Halloween season.  It stuck with me and I couldn't wait to share it with my girls.  My girls get a lot of laughs out of making the silly noises and I like to try to scare them with a big "BOO"!  The sounds of the items following her are all in capital letters, repetitive, and easy to point out and get your kids "reading" along.  Remember to engage your kiddos with questions about what they might be afraid to see on a night walk or ask if they could be as brave as her.  Kids love elaborating on the what ifs of a story.  My little girl Emma has told me many times she would like to jump into a book or movie so she could be apart of the fun. 

Bring delight to your little ones with the story of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.  

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