Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
I love Halloween. I love the clever costumes, fun foods, parties, and decorations. We meet and talk to more neighbors on Halloween night than on any other night of the year. Most of all, I love seeing my little ones dressed up and excited for their night full of goodies.
Whatever your thoughts on the holiday may be, I do hope that you'll include Room on the Broom as one of your October read-alouds. A witch and her cat are flying on a broom when various items fall to the ground, such as the witch's hat, her hair bow, and her wand. Each time they go to retrieve the fallen item, a new animal comes out with the lost item, along with a request to join the witch and the cat on the broom. Excitement continues when the broom breaks and a dragon enters the story!
Retelling: Shadow Puppets
The characters in the story are all perfect candidates for shadow puppets. My kiddos had the time of their lives putting on a puppet show while I read aloud the story. They played with the shadow puppets the entire afternoon.
To make the shadow puppets, I found free coloring pages of the main characters. I printed them off on cardstock and cut around the edges. I then taped a skewer on to the back (I would recommend using Popsicle sticks if you have little ones!).
To make the shadow puppet theater, I cut off the top and bottom flaps of a cardboard box. I then covered the top opening of the box with a white piece of tissue paper and taped the tissue paper to the sides. We used a small lamp, and it worked out great.
You might also check out the book's website! It has some fabulous resources and activities!