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The Witches

The Witches - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

This is a very cute book that will keep the students imagination flowing. The young boy in the book lost both of his parents in a car crash. He goes to live with his grandmother and she tells him stories about the witches that roam the streets of England. She tells the young boy how he can spot a witch if he sees one and warns him to run away if he does. Later in the book, the boy and his grandmother come up with a plan to attempt to get rid of all the witches. I would start reading this book with my students around Halloween. It offers suspense and allows the students to use their imagination to predict what might happen next. When reading the book to my students, I would wear some gloves because in the book, it says teachers could be witches too. It would be fun to see the reaction of my students to me wearing the gloves. When finished reading the book, I would come up with some kind of activity or craft to perform with my students to help reinforce the book. I think the intended audience for this book is 5th grade.