The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Common Sense Media says

Great Halloween treat won't spook small ones.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The old lady does get afraid, but is able to face it.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is safe spooky fun, even for the smallest kids. While the story takes place on a dark night -- and the old lady does become afraid -- nothing really happens to her, and she is able to face her fears.

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What's the story?

Walking in the woods late at night, a fearless old lady encounters (disembodied) clomping shoes, a shaking shirt moving along the dark path -- as well as a pumpkin head saying \"BOO, BOO!\" She runs home, but soon enough faces her fear, even finding an important purpose for all of the spooky stuff she encountered on the way back to her cottage.

Is it any good?

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THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING is a great Halloween book for even the littlest kids. There's nothing here to really scare them, but it features a perfect Halloween setting: a dark night, a forest -- and even a "scary pumpkin head." The story and illustrations are solid enough, but it's really the noises that the shoes, pants, shirt, gloves, hat, and pumpkin head make along the way that will thrill kids. The sounds are repeated throughout the story, and kids will gleefully join in as they are read to.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about fears, and how to deal with them. Young children should be encouraged to join with the parents reading this book; they could even make up movements to go along with the clomping shoes and clapping gloves the old lady encounters on her path.

Book details

Author:Laura E. Williams
Illustrator:Thomas Lindley
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperTrophy
Publication date:October 28, 2005
Number of pages:29
Publisher's recommended age(s):3 - 7
Read aloud:2
Read alone:6

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Kid, 12 years old June 14, 2009
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I loved this book when I was little!

This great kids book, appropriate for anyone, is a great story to tell around Halloween. It's about a lady who wasn't afraid of anything, basically!! A great story for helping overcome fears!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byBestPicture1996 October 6, 2009
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A Halloween Masterpiece

It's a great, simple book, with fantastic illustrations (especially the jack-o-lantern) that every kid should read. Used to be my favorite book of all time.
Kid, 10 years old June 25, 2012
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7
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Creepy :^(

In second grade my teacher read it to the class and I couldn't sleep for nights the pumpkin head is terrifying!

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