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BOOKS FOR THE YOUNG AND YOUNG AT HEART - WITCH - WITCHES - WITCHCRAFT

Book titles are in blue and underlined. Click on them to find out more about the books and how to buy them.
To retell any stories, obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material is not in the public domain.
In performance, always credit your sources.
Alphabetized for your convenience with short descriptions to save you research time.

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman with S.D. Schindler (illus). (1995 - Ages 4-8)
The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine. It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day.
How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed?

Book of Witches (A) by Ruth Manning-Sanders. (1965)
Includes: Blackstairs Mountain. Donkey Lettuce, Esben and the Witch, Hansel and Gretel, Johnny and the Witch-Maidens, Lazy Hans, Old Witch, Prunella, Rapunzel, Tatterhood, Twins and the Snarling Witch and White Dove.

Cat Nights by Jane Manning (illus). (2008 - Ages 4-8)
Meet Felicity Witch.
For her entire life Felicity has wanted to turn herself into a cat. But witches may only perform this particular spell when they are 263 years old. Finally (finally) the magical day arrives—Felicity Witch's 263rd birthday! Happy Birthday! Poof! Now Felicity has a sleek coat and a long, graceful tail. She has a soft nose and speedy paws! Felicity loves being a cat. Will she ever be happy as her ordinary witchy self again? Meow.

Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian (illus). (2004)
This warm-hearted, conversational story profiles a little witch who looks the part black pointy hat, black pointy shoes, black cat, red pointy nose, etc. but can not get her magic to work. Friendly ink drawings in black, red, and yellow show the witch finally admitting defeat and taking off her witchy attire (including a mask) to reveal herself as a little girl playing dress-up.

Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye, The (The Last Apprentice) by Joseph Delaney. (2008 - Ages 9-12)
Thomas Ward has spent two years as the Spook's apprentice. He's faced unimaginable peril and survived. But a new danger has emerged: an ancient water witch, Bloodeye, is roaming the County intent on destroying everything in her path. To strengthen his skills, Tom is sent to the far north to train with the demanding Bill Arkwright. Will Tom's new bag of tricks be enough to overcome a critical mistake?

Chronicles of Narnia (7-Book Box Set includes "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Prince Caspian," "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," "The Silver Chair," "The Magician's Nephew," " The Horse and His Boy" and "The Last Battle") C.S. Lewis. (2005)
Now all seven perennially popular books are available in a brand-new adult trade paperback format. The story describes the never-ending war between good and evil. Narnia is a land frozen in eternal winter; a country waiting to be set free. Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change...

Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini with Howard Fine (illus). (1997 - Ages 4-8)
Gritch the Witch sets out for Old MacDonald's Farm to get herself a meal of plump piggies. Alerted, however, by her skywritten "Surrender Piggies!," the swine hastily don sheep, cow, and other barnyard disguises and fool her with their good acting (moos, quacks, etc.) and poker-faced denials of any pigs in residence. The still-hungry Gritch is persuaded to give up by a Big Bad Wolf (he's been unsuccessfully chasing three pigs for days), and the two go off for lunch, each picturing the other made into a sandwich.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson with Axel Scheffler (illus). (2003 - Ages 4-8)
There's always room for one more on this affable witch's broomstick... or is there? In another mild-mannered tale from the creators of the Smarties Prize-winning picture book, The Gruffalo, a witch and her happily purring cat fly through the wind on their broomstick, without a care in the world, until the witch's black hat blows away. In the process of retrieving it, they pick up another passenger, a polite and helpful dog. All goes well until the witch's hair bow flies off. And then her wand. And then real disaster strikes...

Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation by Silver RavenWolf. (2003 - Young Adult)
This book has everything a teen Witch could want and need between two covers: a magical cookbook, encyclopaedia, dictionary, and grimoire. It relates specifically to today's young adults and their concerns, yet is grounded in the magical work of centuries past. It is organised so that readers can skip over the parts they already know, or read each section in alphabetical order.

Wee Free Men (The) (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett. (2004 - Young Adult)
Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching needs magic--fast! Her sticky little brother Wentworth has been spirited away by the evil Queen of faerie, and it’s up to her to get him back safely. Having already decided to grow up to be a witch, now all Tiffany has to do is find her power. But she quickly learns that it’s not all black cats and broomsticks. Her witchy mentor Miss Tick says, "Witches don’t use magic unless they really have to...We do other things..."

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Harper Fiction) by Gregory Maguire. (2007)
Years before Dorothy and her dog crash-land, another little girl makes her presence known in Oz. This girl, Elphaba, is born with emerald-green skin -- no easy burden in a land as mean and poor as Oz, where superstition and magic are not strong enough to explain or to overcome the natural disasters of flood and famine. But Elphaba is smart, and by the time she enters the university in Shiz, she becomes a member of a charmed circle of Oz' most promising young citizens. Elphaba's Oz is no utopia...


Widows of Eastwick, The by John Updike. (2008) (a sequel to The Witches of Eastwick)
More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick. The three divorcées—Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie—have left town, remarried, and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows do: they travel the world, to such foreign lands as Canada, Egypt, and China, and renew old acquaintance. Why not, Sukie and Jane ask Alexandra, go back to Eastwick for the summer? The town is till magical for them. Little do they know...

Witches (The) by Roald Dahl. (Reprint 2007 - Ages 9-12)
This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches! "In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch. But witches hate children...

Zoom Broom by Margie Palatini. (2000 - Ages 4-8)
Gritch the Witch is hungry and her batscotti and eek!spresso snack isn't quite doing the trick. She wants a more filling, furry snack. She wants bunny. On her way to the Farmer in the Dell's rabbit-ridden place, she and her broomstick experience a crash landing, shortly after her old broom stalls in midair: "It spit. Sputtered. Coughed. Chugged. Choked. And then it gave out a long gasping, gurgly gurgle, did one loop-d-loop, and tailspinned toward ground zero." Desperate for a new vehicle, she ends up at Foxy's, a used-vehicle lot...

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TOYS, GAMES, COSTUMES - WITCHES AND WITCHCRAFT

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Alphabetized with short descriptions included for your convenience and to save you research time.

Costume - Child's Twinkle Witch Costume with Fiber Optic Twinkle Skirt - Medium
Light up the night with this twinkle witch costume featuring a fiber optic twinkle skirt. Includes hat. Youth size medium. Pretty witch dress. Fiber optic skirt twinkles with light. Size medium fits youth 50" to 54" with waist 27" to 30". This product comes from Rubies which makes dress-up fun for all ages.

Costume - Barbie Trick or Chic! 2007 Halloween Doll
This enchanting Barbie will catch you in her web and never let you go! The highly fashionable doll presents Barbie in a unique Halloween dress for 2008. She's got her black witch hat, as well as a long dress that features spider webs on her hands and arms, and below the knees. Her normally blonde hair is colored with orange streaks that fit the occasion perfectly. Certainly, she's a treat for any collector and a must-have for the fall season!

Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards
Vintage deck of 52 cards with miniature cards in the upper left corners and descriptive pictures with meanings on the remaining portions of the cards. Also suitable as a regular decd of playing cards. Includes instructions.


McDonalds Madame Alexander Toy Wicked Witch of the East Doll
McDonald's Madame Alexander's doll
The dolls are 4.5" tall

Snap n Style Halloween Dress-Up - Halloween Witch
Dressing up for Halloween has never been so much fun for your little girl's Snap In Style Friends!
She can just snap on her doll's favorite costume and get ready for trick-or-treat!
The pieces snap on easily, making fashion doll fun a snap for girls as young as two. Doll not included.

Storybook Witch Costume: Toddler's Size 3T-4T
Disguise Story Book Witch NON-RETURNABLE Double, bubble, toil and trouble! Your little witch is going to put a spell on whoever gives her bad candy this Halloween. The baby costume from Disguise is perfect for any witch. The baby Halloween costume includes everything the young spell spinner needs to have a great Halloween. The costume includes a full skirted dress with attached apron. The matching hat is ultra cute.

Webkinz Clothing - Witch Costume
Witch Costume, unused, Unopened with Code.

Wicked Witch of the West Barbie Doll (from The Wizard of Oz)
Everyone knows how the Wicked Witch tries everything to stop Dorothy from reaching the Emerald City. Dressed in an elegant black dress with puffed sleeves, this amazing tribute to one of film's most famous and notorious villains has gorgeous detailing, including the witch's cape, tailored bodice, and peaked hat. Best of all is the witch's trademark green skin, but unlike the movie character, the doll's face is as strikingly beautiful as any Barbie. An old-fashioned broomstick is in the doll's hand.

Wicked Witch Wizard of Oz Key Clips Talking Keychain
The first keychain in the Wizard of Oz series is the Wicked Witch: "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!" "How about a little fire scarecrow?" "Going so soon? I wouldn't hear of it. Why my little party's just beginning." "Heh heh heh heh heh heh!" "Well, my little pretties, I can cause accidents too." "Something wth poison in it I think, something with poison." "I'm melting! I'm melting!" Winkies: "Ohh, wee, ohhh..."

Witch Wig - Child - Black
The Black Witch Wig Costume Accessory is one of the many great costumes and accessories available for Halloween or theme parties. A great Halloween costume!

Witches Broomstick - Halloween - Real Bristles - Costume accessory prop - New
If it is a witch you be, then be sure to have that flying broomstick too! This broomstick is made of bamboo, with twig bristles to give you a realistic feel.

Wizard of Oz: Glinda, The Good Witch Barbie Doll
This gorgeous doll commemorates the timeless movie, Wizard of Oz. Inspired by the character, Glinda the Good Witch, Barbie doll wears a floor-length, delicate pink gown that features puffed sleeves and a full skirt. Doll cannot stand alone. Measures 13" tall.

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ONLINE LINKS TO STORIES AND INFORMATION ABOUT WITCHES AND WITCHCRAFT

Online links are in blue and underlined. Click on them to get more information.
Story titles are in quotation marks.
To retell any stories, get permission from the copyright holder if the materials is not in the public domain.
Alphabetized with short descriptions included for your convenience and to save you research time.

http://www.wvghosts.com/stories/witchstories.php
Witch stories (also Ghost) from WVghosts.com.

http://www.bellwitch.org/story.htm
"The Bell Witch Haunting" from bellwitch.org in Tennessee.

http://www.trueghosttales.com/paranormal/a-story-of-witch-craft/
"A Story of Witch Craft" from True Ghost Tles.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/salemwitchtrials/story/story.html
Salen witch trials: The world behind the hysteria; the story of the witch hunt - narrated. Excellent; from Discovery Education Channel.

http://www.artpromote.com/arts_literature/Witches.shtml
Poems and Stories about Witches from ArtPromote.com.

http://www.helium.com/knowledge/19807-short-stories-witch-tales
Short stories: Witch tales (28 articles) from Helium.com.

http://www.anomalymagazine.com/2009/07/30/african-witch-stories/
African Witch Stories by Jeremy Wells from anomalymagazine.com.

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1944
The Witch and other stories by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov from Project Gutenberg.

http://www.archive.org/details/witchstories02lintgoog
Witch stories from 1861; from Internet Archive.

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SOS: SEARCHING OUT STORIES AND INFORMATION ABOUT WITCHES AND WITCHCRAFT
Advice, Comments and References from Storytellers, Teachers and Librarians

(excerpts from Storytell posts plus original research)

Book titles, movie and song titles, and online links are in blue and underlined. Click on them to get more information.
Story and song titles are in quotation marks.
To retell any stories, obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material is not in the public domain.
Posts are added chronologically as they are received by Story Lovers World.

1) As I was searching through my old files for fall stories, I found the following which had been printed in the Waldorf Kindergarten newsletter several years ago. It comes from Mary Lloyd Dugan, a professional storyteller in South Carolina. I hope she doesn't mind my passing this on.) The article says Mary Lloyd learned from school children these ways to protect against witches. "These are a mixture of Celtic and African American lore:

1. Leave a bowl of salt outside your door. Witches love to count the grains. A witch will sit down and count each grain. By the time she finishes, it will be morning and you will be safe. (Ditto with a broom, for the witch will count the broom stalks.)
2. Put a used horse shoe above your door. Before a witch enters the house, she must travel every road the horse travelled when he wore that shoe. By the time she finishes, the dawn will be on its way, and you'll be safe.
3. Witches hate the color blue because it is the color of heaven. Some African Americans (in South Carolina and Georgia especially) will paint the trim of their homes blue for protection."

Although I am passing on this information because I found it interesting, I have a problem with the demonizing of "witches," which, of course, is very prevalent around Halloween. I know some very fine witches-men and women of the Wicca order, and they are spiritually attuned people who are working only for good. As with everything, there are always two sides to the coin. A dear friend who is a shaman working in Peru tells of evil intent of many "brujos and brujas." I have had a lot of fun portraying the stereotyped witch--the Wicked Witch of the West of OZ was my favorite--I even got to melt into a trap door in the stage--very spectacular. Still, I think it is important to let children know that the stereotyped witch is not what a real witch is about.


2) Reading this thread has just reminded me of a bit of witch lore my father learnt in Suffolk as a boy. On the beaches in that part of England there were lots of flints washed up which had holes in them; presumably the flint had contained softer parts of other stones which had been eroded. These were called witches' stones and were put above stable doors to protec the horses from witchcraft. BTW my father grew up on the Suffolk coast in the 20s and 30s - a small fishing village called Pakefield, just south of Lowestoft.


3) On the coast of East Kent, we would hunt for stones with holes in ( witches stones) and hang them above the door, or wear them. My Uncle Dennis ( a great unsung folklorist) would also save one hot cross bun every Good Friday, and nail it up in the barn against the evil eye.


4) My favorite folklore witch is still the inimitable Baba Yaga. I notice that although she is dangerous and often threatening; I don't know of a single story where she actually kills somebody or even catches them. She threatens them, chases them, frightens them, bargains with them, sets them dreadful tasks, does favors if it suits her whim; and generally whips them into shape for the good of their souls. Baba Yaga is the old woman who creates and destroys; who can give life and deal out death......confrontation with the dangerous and dual nature of the hag is necessary to initiation and growth. She supplies the tests that allow young men and women to come into their own power. I have a deep affection and respect for Baba Yaga and her ilk; (that old Dame Ragnell, for example); and although I always make them as hideous and scary as possible (because what good is a test where there is no fear or danger?) I think the rest comes through as well, somehow. The stereotyped witch reflects a very real fear (which was exploited and instituitonalized by the church) of that deep feminine power of destruction and creation. I was once in a roomful of people who were busy defining the "feminine" and not one of them could even THINK OF let alone VOICE any word for feminine which was not gentle, nurturing, sensual, blahblahblahblahblah. I was getting madder and madder. On account of, if you're female, and you shut out the witch, you shut out power. Period. Only at the time I was just mad, thinking, "WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?" and worse, "IF THAT IS FEMININE, WHAT AM I?" The energy in the room was so gooey that I couldn't fight it, and only relieved my feelings later by going home and writing:
The earth shudders
shakes, is rent -
rains death
for a hundred miles
giving birth
to mountains.

Then I felt a little better. (By the way, this same group was assigning all the destructive power in the world to the "masculine." ExCUSE me! If there's destruction in the world, the women are in it too.)


5) What a powerful group of people to give such awesome responses regarding my favorite subject. A while ago, I was interested in Wicca, but after a bad experience, I decided to explore Greek Pantheism. I love the legends of witches throughout the ages. One of my favorites is Circe, who turned all of Ulysses' men into swine (an appropriate animal for the war mongering animal) While exploring other witches in history and fantasy, I came across Baba Yaga who flies in a mortar and pestle and lives in a house on chicken legs which move!!! (A scary concept especially for thiose of us who love chicken). But seriously now folks, one of my favorite powerful women in mythology is Lilith, the first bride of Adam, created from the same earth as he was. This storng-willed woman was, in my humble opinion, the first feminist, who decided to leave a controling aspect and free herself from Adam with disasterous results for her. (Why are women always demonized for being stron and powerful). I am going to be giving a presentation to The American Association of University Women in December and my presentation is called: Women of Power: Powerful Women in Mythology and History. I was thinking of telling the stories of Lilith, Tam Lin, Boudica, (the Iceni warrior queen and heroine of the Celtic people) and maybe some others. Demeter and Persephone come to mind as well. I am really looking forward to doing this presentation!!

On a different note.....when I was in Washington D.C. a couple of years ago, I went into a Santerian bookstore and spoke Spanish to the woman behind the counter, and proudly told her that I was uno brujo (male witch). She shook her head and explained that in Santeria, Brujo is always looked at as an evil magic practitioner and that Brujeria is considered dangerous and evil. I quickly got an education there. It's interesting to see how women are depicted as witches throughout history and are always demonized for their independence and individuality.


6) In Hindu mythology, there is Kali--a hideous looking creature with tongue stuck out. She is a destroyer, but also has a positive side--out of destruction comes reconstruction and renewal.

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