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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 East 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 won 3 Caldecott medals (for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, Jumanji and The Polar Express); in 1982 Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996 its famous film adaptation was released. Now he lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.