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{"id":2049656769,"title":"The Little Green Witch","handle":"little-green-witch","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy:\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/barbara-barbieri-mcgrath\" title=\"Author Barbara Barbieri McGrath\"\u003e Barbara Barbieri McGrath\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/martha-alexander\" title=\"Illustrator Martha Alexander\"\u003eMartha Alexander\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eWho will help the Little Green Witch?\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe little green witch has a problem: her lazy monster friends just won't help her make a horrible pumpkin pie. Not ghost, nor bat, nor gremlin.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBarbara McGrath's feisty retelling of \"The Little Red Hen,\" with Martha Alexander's charming illustrations, is the perfect choice for Halloween fun.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-little-red-elf\" title=\"The Little Red Elf\"\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-little-gray-bunny\" title=\"The Little Gray Bunny\"\u003eThe Little Gray Bunny\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/excuse-me-are-you-a-witch\" title=\"Excuse Me... 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She is the author of \u003ci\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/i\u003e, \u003ci\u003eThe Little Green Witch\u003c\/i\u003e, and many bestselling math concept books. Barbara lives in Natick, Massachussetts.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/barbara-barbieri-mcgrath\" title=\"Author Barbara Barbieri McGrath\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Barbara.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMartha Alexander, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMartha Alexander wrote and illustrated hundreds of books for young readers, including the Blackboard Bear series and The Little Green Witch.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/martha-alexander\" title=\"Author\/Illustrator Martha Alexander\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Martha.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eStorytelling World Award Honor Title\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAlexander's soft-textured, colored-pencil illustrations convey a sweetness decidedly at odds with the verbal tone of this \"Little Red Hen\" remake. One day Little Green Witch find some pumpkin seeds in the garden's carefully tended muck. She gets no help from the ghost, gremlin and bat with whom she shares a hollow tree, either in doing the \"unhousework,\" or in growing the pumpkins and carving the resultant jack-o'-lanterns. She not only declines to share her well-burnt pumpkin-gloop pie at the end, but she turns all three of her lazy housemates into little red hens. Clad in a conical hat, ragged shift and pink panties, the childlike witch has a ready smile that looks friendly rather than malicious, even in the closing scene, and the illustrator's efforts to uglify the house and garden only make them look comfortably inviting. As Barry Downard's \u003ci\u003eLittle Red Hen\u003c\/i\u003e (2004), Ann Whitford Paul's \u003ci\u003eMañana, Iguana \u003c\/i\u003e(2004) and many other examples attest, the tale lends itself to offbeat riffs--but here the dissonance gets in the way of the humor.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHalloween's answer to \"The Little Red Hen.\" While her hollow-tree housemates (a ghost, a bat, and a gremlin) laze around, the little witch does all the \"unhousework\" --hanging the cobwebs, dirtying the laundry, etc. When she finds some pumpkin seeds and plants them, she discovers that her friends are stubbornly unhelpful at every stage. While the little green witch's question is always, \"Who will help me...,\" the answers are divertingly varied: \"'Can't hear you,' said the bat.\" \"'Water, schmater,' grouched the gremlin.\" As readers will expect, when the witch takes her pumpkin pie out of the oven, everyone is willing to help her eat it. Equally predictable is her refusal to share it. But she has an extra comeuppance up her ragged sleeve, one that will make readers laugh out loud. McGrath has done a fine job of meeting expectations while introducing surprises at every turn. Her gentle humor is amplified by Alexander's sweet and funny watercolor-pastel illustrations. Details like a Mickey Mouse cup on the shelf, a wood crate labeled \"Apples,\" and a cookie jar shaped like a little red hen can be discovered in successive readings. 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Not ghost, nor bat, nor gremlin.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBarbara McGrath's feisty retelling of \"The Little Red Hen,\" with Martha Alexander's charming illustrations, is the perfect choice for Halloween fun.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-little-red-elf\" title=\"The Little Red Elf\"\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-little-gray-bunny\" title=\"The Little Gray Bunny\"\u003eThe Little Gray Bunny\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/excuse-me-are-you-a-witch\" title=\"Excuse Me... Are You a Witch?\"\u003eExcuse Me, Are You a Witch?\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/alice-and-greta\" title=\"Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches\"\u003eAlice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/little-green-witch-spread.jpg?15405487942833701992\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBarbara Barbieri McGrath, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBarbara Barbieri McGrath was a nursery school teacher before she dedicated herself to writing children's books full time. She is the author of \u003ci\u003eThe Little Red Elf\u003c\/i\u003e, \u003ci\u003eThe Little Green Witch\u003c\/i\u003e, and many bestselling math concept books. Barbara lives in Natick, Massachussetts.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/barbara-barbieri-mcgrath\" title=\"Author Barbara Barbieri McGrath\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Barbara.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMartha Alexander, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMartha Alexander wrote and illustrated hundreds of books for young readers, including the Blackboard Bear series and The Little Green Witch.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/martha-alexander\" title=\"Author\/Illustrator Martha Alexander\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Martha.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eStorytelling World Award Honor Title\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAlexander's soft-textured, colored-pencil illustrations convey a sweetness decidedly at odds with the verbal tone of this \"Little Red Hen\" remake. One day Little Green Witch find some pumpkin seeds in the garden's carefully tended muck. She gets no help from the ghost, gremlin and bat with whom she shares a hollow tree, either in doing the \"unhousework,\" or in growing the pumpkins and carving the resultant jack-o'-lanterns. She not only declines to share her well-burnt pumpkin-gloop pie at the end, but she turns all three of her lazy housemates into little red hens. Clad in a conical hat, ragged shift and pink panties, the childlike witch has a ready smile that looks friendly rather than malicious, even in the closing scene, and the illustrator's efforts to uglify the house and garden only make them look comfortably inviting. As Barry Downard's \u003ci\u003eLittle Red Hen\u003c\/i\u003e (2004), Ann Whitford Paul's \u003ci\u003eMañana, Iguana \u003c\/i\u003e(2004) and many other examples attest, the tale lends itself to offbeat riffs--but here the dissonance gets in the way of the humor.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHalloween's answer to \"The Little Red Hen.\" While her hollow-tree housemates (a ghost, a bat, and a gremlin) laze around, the little witch does all the \"unhousework\" --hanging the cobwebs, dirtying the laundry, etc. When she finds some pumpkin seeds and plants them, she discovers that her friends are stubbornly unhelpful at every stage. While the little green witch's question is always, \"Who will help me...,\" the answers are divertingly varied: \"'Can't hear you,' said the bat.\" \"'Water, schmater,' grouched the gremlin.\" As readers will expect, when the witch takes her pumpkin pie out of the oven, everyone is willing to help her eat it. Equally predictable is her refusal to share it. But she has an extra comeuppance up her ragged sleeve, one that will make readers laugh out loud. McGrath has done a fine job of meeting expectations while introducing surprises at every turn. Her gentle humor is amplified by Alexander's sweet and funny watercolor-pastel illustrations. Details like a Mickey Mouse cup on the shelf, a wood crate labeled \"Apples,\" and a cookie jar shaped like a little red hen can be discovered in successive readings. 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The Little Green Witch

By: Barbara Barbieri McGrath / Illustrated by: Martha Alexander

Who will help the Little Green Witch?

The little green witch has a problem: her lazy monster friends just won't help her make a horrible pumpkin pie. Not ghost, nor bat, nor gremlin.

Barbara McGrath's feisty retelling of "The Little Red Hen," with Martha Alexander's charming illustrations, is the perfect choice for Halloween fun.

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Barbara Barbieri McGrath, author

Barbara Barbieri McGrath was a nursery school teacher before she dedicated herself to writing children's books full time. She is the author of The Little Red Elf, The Little Green Witch, and many bestselling math concept books. Barbara lives in Natick, Massachussetts.

Read more about Barbara.


Martha Alexander, illustrator

Martha Alexander wrote and illustrated hundreds of books for young readers, including the Blackboard Bear series and The Little Green Witch.

Read more about Martha.

  • Storytelling World Award Honor Title

Kirkus Reviews

Alexander's soft-textured, colored-pencil illustrations convey a sweetness decidedly at odds with the verbal tone of this "Little Red Hen" remake. One day Little Green Witch find some pumpkin seeds in the garden's carefully tended muck. She gets no help from the ghost, gremlin and bat with whom she shares a hollow tree, either in doing the "unhousework," or in growing the pumpkins and carving the resultant jack-o'-lanterns. She not only declines to share her well-burnt pumpkin-gloop pie at the end, but she turns all three of her lazy housemates into little red hens. Clad in a conical hat, ragged shift and pink panties, the childlike witch has a ready smile that looks friendly rather than malicious, even in the closing scene, and the illustrator's efforts to uglify the house and garden only make them look comfortably inviting. As Barry Downard's Little Red Hen (2004), Ann Whitford Paul's Mañana, Iguana (2004) and many other examples attest, the tale lends itself to offbeat riffs--but here the dissonance gets in the way of the humor.

School Library Journal

Halloween's answer to "The Little Red Hen." While her hollow-tree housemates (a ghost, a bat, and a gremlin) laze around, the little witch does all the "unhousework" --hanging the cobwebs, dirtying the laundry, etc. When she finds some pumpkin seeds and plants them, she discovers that her friends are stubbornly unhelpful at every stage. While the little green witch's question is always, "Who will help me...," the answers are divertingly varied: "'Can't hear you,' said the bat." "'Water, schmater,' grouched the gremlin." As readers will expect, when the witch takes her pumpkin pie out of the oven, everyone is willing to help her eat it. Equally predictable is her refusal to share it. But she has an extra comeuppance up her ragged sleeve, one that will make readers laugh out loud. McGrath has done a fine job of meeting expectations while introducing surprises at every turn. Her gentle humor is amplified by Alexander's sweet and funny watercolor-pastel illustrations. Details like a Mickey Mouse cup on the shelf, a wood crate labeled "Apples," and a cookie jar shaped like a little red hen can be discovered in successive readings. Children will enjoy this book before, during, and after Halloween.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-58089-042-7

Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-58089-153-0

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-066-9
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Ages: 3-6
Page count: 32
9 x 9