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One morning, the widow Minna Shaw found a witch all aches and pains in her vegetable garden: the night before the witch’s broom had lost all its powers and crashed down to the ground. Nursed and refreshed, during the night the witch left Minna’s home and forgot the broom there, believing that it didn’t work anymore… but the broom started to move and soon became a precious help for housework!
Like The Sweetest fig, also this book written and illustrated by Chris van Allsburg settles a score with right-minded people: what happens, in fact, when the community is divided and men, indifferent to their wives’ opinion, decide to send the poor broom to the stake, with the accusation of being a wicked creature that beats children? Who are the wicked? And is Minna really the weak and passive woman that surrenders to the community’s will? An intriguing story, enriched by detailed and luminous pictures in shades of sepia and grey, that will fascinate readers of all age.
Chris Van Allsburg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1949. He studied sculpture, then decided to devote himself to drawing and within a few years made it big in the field of illustrated literature. Since 1980 he has received the Caldecott medal for The Polar Express and Jumanji, which was adapted into a successful film in 1995, and the Caldecott Honor for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, his first picture book, published in 1979. Now he lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.
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