The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

DVD. 11 min. Weston Woods. 2011. ISBN 978-0-545-37413-2. $59.95; CD. ISBN 978-0-545-37496-5: $12.95; CD with hardcover book, ISBN 978-0-545-37418-7: $29.95.
PreS-Gr 2—Linda D. William's tale (HarperCollins, 1986) of an old lady who is chased by shoes, pants, a shirt, gloves, and a hat while walking in the woods one autumn evening receives a wonderful animated treatment here. She tells these objects that she isn't afraid and they should go away. Finally, a spooky pumpkin head sends the little old lady running for home. When the clothes knock on the door, she bravely suggests that they scare the crows in her garden instead. Megan Lloyd's brilliantly-colored illustrations in a folk art-style are animated, adding another dimension to this fun story. Lively narration and wonderful sound effects enhance the telling. In an interview, Williams explains the story behind the book and encourages students to become writers. A great story for Halloween or any time of year.—Jenny Ventling, Dayton Metro Library, OH

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