"I love children. Eating them, that is..."


The Witch's Guide to Cooking With Children

authored by Keith McGowan
illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
Visit the Publisher website: Henry Holt Kids
Genre: Fantasy

Book jacket description:
When Sol and Connie Blink move to Grand Creek, one of the first people to welcome them is an odd older woman, Fay Holaderry, and her friendly dog, Swift, who carries a very strange bone in his mouth. Sol knows a lot more than the average eleven-year-old. so when he identifies the bone as a human femur, he and Connie begin to wonder if their new neighbor is up to no good.

Visit the author's web home: Keith McGowen Books

Learn more about illustrator Yoko Tananka and also at her official illustrator's web site Yoko Tanaka
If you are a true Texas Bluebonnet Book Award fan, you will recognize her as the illustrator of the 2010-2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated book-Sparrow Girl

Keith McGowen interview about how he came to write this book-very interesting. Plus, we find out about the sequel coming out in 2012 called The Hunter's Log.

Hansel-and-Gretel-in-Fairy-Garden-in-Ludwigsburg,-Germany.jpgBegin this lesson by reading the story of Hansel and Gretel by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, also known as the Brothers Grimm.

Here are two versions of the story side by side in comparison. The Story of Hansel and Gretel Here is another version of Hansel and Gretel.
The above links often fail, so try this Hansel and Gretel link

Hearing the story of Hansel and Gretel, in advance of reading The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children, will help students to recognize significant hints the author has given the reader that foretell of a connection to the story of Hansel and Gretel. Both the rotten father and stepmother are distantly related to characters in the story of H & G. Another clue can be seen in the lonely picture on the wall depicting two sets of footprints leading into a dark forest. Compile your own list of clues that you have uncovered and compare them with your friends.

Two alternatives:Hansel and Gretel Talking Book
Or show this Youtube version of Hansel and Gretel starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse .

Want to get a better taste of Hansel and Gretel? We have the following books in the ECDC library:

Hanzel_and_Gretel_Rika_Lesser.jpgCall number: 398.2 Les
Click on the picture above to see inside of this version of Hansel and Gretel, retold by Rika Lesser. It is a Caldecott Honor book.

spanish_Hansel_Gretel.jpgCall number: SP E GRI
Spanish language version
Hansel y Gretel ilustrado por Susan Jeffers

dog.jpgHelpful resources:

The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children Teacher Guide-Discussion Questions and Activities

Hansel and Gretel Literacy Activity from Penguins Readers (Pearson Eduction Ltd.)

Google book preview: This link will allow you to take a "little taste" of chapter 1.

Author Interview:
Keith McGowan visits Writers Talk to share his experiences writing for d to tell of his experience as the 2010 Children's Writer-in-Residence at the Thurber House, in Columbus, Ohio.
(28.30 minute long interview).

This is an interview, not a book trailer.

More Brothers Grimm Fairly Tales

National Geographic's Grimm's Fairy Tales

A Collection of Grimm's fairy tales in English and German

Statue of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm in their birth city of Hanau, Germany.