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*****= An all-time favorite
****The Witch's Walking Stick
by Susan Meddaugh
Reviewed December 17, 2006.
Walter Lorraine Books (Houghton Mifflin), 2005. 32 pages.
Meddaugh’s books remind
me of William Steig’s—delightful, imaginative and satisfying stories
cheery but detailed cartoon-like illustrations.
opens with an old
witch and her magic walking stick. “Over
the years she had used it to make a thousand miserable wishes come
true.” It has just a little bit of magic
left. She particularly likes turning
something worse—birds into bats and squirrels into goldfish (with no
and things like that.
One day a
cheerful little dog
passes her on the path. She raises her
stick to turn it into something—and he thinks she wants to play and
from her. When she yells at him in fury,
he runs away, still with the stick in his mouth.
Now we meet a
named Margaret, forced to cook and clean and chop wood by her older and
bigger brother and sister. When Margaret
encounters the witch, the dog, and the walking stick, interesting
to happen. Let’s just say that the use
Margaret puts to the little bit of magic left in the witch’s walking
Copyright © 2006 Sondra Eklund. All rights reserved.
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