October 26, 2010

Little Witch

You’d think someone who awaited Nancy Drew sequels with a fervor matched by Harry Potter fans would have kept them all, but only one childhood book survived my many moves and purges: LITTLE WITCH, the story of Minx, a witch's daughter who learns that love can change your life.

Like Minx, I wondered if I’d been born into the wrong family, although my parents insisted that distinction belonged to a sibling. I didn’t believe there was a beautiful fairy waiting to claim me (sorry for the spoiler), but Minx’s courage and happy ending gave me hope there were better days ahead.

I doubt my torn and taped Scholastic paperback would sell for $59, a price I found online. Then again, it’s one of those keepsakes whose value can’t be measured in dollars and cents.

What childhood books hold special memories for you?


  1. Oh, I loved that book. I read it until the cover wore off. I think I can still remember all the illustrations. I remember coming home with tons of scholastic books from the book sale at school.

    On Halloween especially I remember a little song I learned in 3rd grade - that's about 48 years ago now. The words go like this:
    The witch is riding high.
    Have you seen
    Her shadow in the sky?
    So beware, don't you dare
    To even boast or a ghost
    To your dismay
    Will hear you say
    You don't care to say a prayer
    Or it may come and
    Pull your hair!

    It still gives me goose bumps on Halloween night!

  2. Is this book out of print? Because now I want it!

    I'd like to tell you about a book from my childhood that I really want, but I'm afraid I don't know the title or author. All I remember is that it was about dolls.

  3. Kate: We couldn't afford many books, so that may be one reason why this one is so special to me.

    Stephanie: You can find it at lots of online bookseller sites. Newer versions are cheaper.

    The only book I remember reading that featured dolls was "The Dollhouse Murders" by Betty Ren Wright. Spooky.

  4. I have a hazy recollection of that book from my teaching days, I don't think I ever read it. I'm sorry now that I didn't.

  5. Catherine: It truly is a charming book. Maybe your library might have a copy or can find one for you via inter-district loan?

  6. The Famous Five and the Mallory Towers series.

  7. I have bunches of special books I remember reading over and over that just aren't out there anymore. I found three online by "used" book dealers that I bought for my 9 year old last Christmas:

    Striped Ice Cream
    Bettina's Secret
    Katie Kittenheart

    They all came looking about as loved and read and I remember mine being. :)

  8. Although I don't own a copy, I'm the other LITTLE WITCH fan. And I'm still convinced I was born into the wrong family. Another favorite was CHARLOTTE'S WEB.

  9. Mystica: Thanks for sharing those. I'll look for them at my library.

    Heidi: How sweet! I hope your daughter liked them.

    VR: I didn't truly appreciate CHARLOTTE'S WEB until I taught it to 4th graders. Their enthusiasm was infectious!


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