Sunday, October 17, 2010

Room on a Broom by Julia Donaldson

This is a story about an affable witch who makes room on her broom for a variety of animals friends. The story starts with the witch and her cat flying along on a windy night, when her hat suddenly blows away. She and the cat search for the hat, but can't find it until a friendly dog brings it back. The dog joins the duo and the three fly off on the broom. Next the witch loses her hair bow, which is found by a bird who joins the other animals on the broom. The next thing this happy witch loses is her wand, but it is promptly recovered by a frog who decides to ride along with the others. Suddenly, the witch's broomstick snaps in two and she falls into a cloud where she is discovered by a scary dragon who plans to eat her. But her animal friends form together to make a creature that scares the dragon away leaving the witch safely with her friends. The text has a great rhythm to it and the moral of the story is that together we can all be greater than the sum of our parts. It's a fun book for preschool children.

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