You probably recognize Eleanor Estes as the author of The Moffats series, Ginger Pye (Newbery Medal Winner) or The Hundred Dresses. Ms. Estes actually wrote 20 books during her career, and The Witch Family, although not as well-known as some, is a favorite for many. So here it is, just in time for Halloween!
Amy and Clarissa are best friends. They live on a beautiful tree-lined street in Washington, DC where they color together and hold tea parties on the front porch at Amy’s house. Amy’s mother often tells the girls made-up stories about Old Witch — these stories are their favorite! One day while coloring, the girls begin making up their own stories about Old Witch and soon the tale has spun into something fantastic and exciting — but does it become too real?
Woooooo, it gets scary.! But not too scary.
Eleanor Estes, like Beverly Cleary, was a librarian who wrote children’s books to help fill the void she saw in that genre in the 1950 and 1960’s. If you’re lucky enough to have an older library that holds onto their older books, you might find The Witch Family in the stacks. If not, it’s available on the Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites.
Early to Middle Grade Reading Level, 240 pages, Halloween, Published 1960.