“One witch on a hill had an empty pot to fill,” begins One Witch by Laura Leuck with illustrations by S. D. Schindler. Recommended for readers ages 3 to 8, One Witch is a fun little Halloween story that incorporates counting from one to ten into the holiday poem.
Told in rhyme, One Witch follows a witch who gathers ingredients for a ghastly stew from her spooky friends including cats, skeletons, and owls. After counting up from one to ten, the poem then counts back down from ten to one as the witch invites her friends to her spooky bash.
As a mother, I love that One Witch teaches basic counting through a fun holiday story. I also like the use of rhyme, which is important for early language development. My toddler daughter really seemed to like the story. She particularly liked the pages with the cats and owls.
The illustrations in One Witch are also quite fun. The witch is witchy but not scary. The spooky creatures are also more fun than frightening. In addition to the cats and owls, my daughter also liked pointing out the bats on each page.
Final Verdict: One Witch by Laura Leuck with illustrations by S. D. Schindler is a fun little Halloween book early readers from 3 to 8 years old. Younger toddlers can also enjoy the rhyming story about a witch who sets about to fill her pot with a gruesome brew. The pictures perfectly illustrate the story without being scary. If you are looking for a Halloween-themed book about counting, I highly recommend One Witch.
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‘One Witch’ Book Review © 2013 Heather Johnson
Cover of One Witch © 2013 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of One Witch © 2013 Heather Johnson