Title: The Little Leftover Witch
Author: Florence Laughlin
Illustrator: Sheila Greenwald
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Children’s 8+
Re-Issue Publication: 27 August, 2013
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About the Book:
A little lost witch undergoes a magical transformation when she’s loved by a human family in this heartwarming story.
When Felina, a little witch, breaks her broom on Halloween and can’t fly home, she is stuck with the Doon family and their black cat, Itchabody, for an entire year. Although she’s homesick and unhappy, the Doon parents and their daughter, Lucinda, do their best to make Felina feel welcome. (And she has no trouble with Itchabody at all!) As time passes, the mischievous Felina learns what it means to be part of a family—and how, with love, she will always belong.
This was a cleverly detailed and well written story about ‘being different’ and coming to adapt to life with a new family. While the behaviors and actions of Felina are completely appropriate to a child that is desperately in need of a family to love her, the parents in this story do just that.
Teaching proper behavior, manners and even how to think before you act, this story will speak to children in all situations; we all know someone who acts out badly without really knowing why. I think that it would be helpful in growing families, step-families and even families that are considering foster care or adoption: the lessons are simple and the parenting hints are simple to understand and emulate.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review and inclusion in the Children Read week at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.