Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Witches

I can’t stress enough just how much I adore the works of
 Roald Dahl, and The Witches is easily one of my favorites.
The Witches is a book about an unnamed young boy who, having recently lost his parents in a car accident, goes to live with his grandmother. She tells him all about witches and her previous encounters with their ilk. She reveals that all witches hate children and want to get them because the smell of a child is particularly off-putting to witches. Needless to say, reading this as a kid was pretty scary. This sets the scene for one of the coolest supernatural children’s adventures ever. Unable to leave the country on a planned vacation due to the grandmother’s illness, the pair journeys instead to a luxury costal hotel. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing—other than the fact that all of England’s witches just happen to be having their yearly convention at the same hotel! I really don’t want to give anything else away, in case someone reading this post hasn’t read the book before. I will say that after first reading it, I looked at the hands and hair of every single woman I saw in public to see if she was wearing a wig and gloves (to cover her baldness and claws, of course!). Luckily, I never ran into any witches, and I eventually stopped checking for wigs and gloves. I did, however, continue to read and love the works of Roald Dahl.
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You can find The Witches in Arrow October: Teachers|Parents.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NY games & puzzles

                  New On Spelling City!

The Empire State Games Page
New York StateNew York is home to so much natural beauty. It is also rich in history and culture. The state symbols of New York are an important part of both. To make it fun to learn, kids can play games to learn that the Rose is the state flower and the Sugar Maple is the state tree. The Empire State has never been more interesting! Have fun learning about the state of New York!!

New York Games, Videos & Printables
New York State Symbols
New York State Memory Match
Unscramble the Symbols
Fun with New York Vocabulary
Spell New York Vocab Words
Hangmouse In New York
New York Word Search
New York
New York Video
Empire State Building
Printable NY Unscramble
New York State Flag Puzzle
New York Stories By You
New York Word-O-Rama