The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Great Halloween treat won't spook small ones.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

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

Violence & Scariness

What 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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Kid, 10 years old June 25, 2012

Creepy :^(

In second grade my teacher read it to the class and I couldn't sleep for nights the pumpkin head is terrifying!
Kid, 11 years old March 3, 2012

Great story

Ah, one of my many childhood stories! I remember when I was 4, and we acted out a play of this in preschool! (I got the gloves):P
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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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