The Widow's Broom.
The author weaves a tale of mischief and intrigue, from the
portentous opening illustration of dangling legs, tumbling broom and
plummeting witch's hat and cape to the closing portrait of Minna
Shaw nodding gently and peacefully in her rocking chair. Minna
stalwartly defends the magical broom's activities against the
rising complaints by her neighbors. The subtle illustrations, artfully
executed in black-and-white duotone, echo the Van Allsburg tradition.
All Ages. Reviewed by Joann H. Ericson, Instructor, Early Childhood
Education, Towson State University, Towson, MD