The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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‘A clever reworking of a classic story. The little old lady’s fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt and pumpkin head that are chasing her will enchant young audiences. With brilliantly colored, detailed folk art illustrations. A great purchase.’ —SLJ. Children's Choices for 1987 (IRA/CBC)
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 25th 1986 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1986)
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Oct 07, 2009 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone for Halloween, especially read-aloud
I would have LOVED this story when I was little!!! All the sounds and the cumulative nature of the tale... it'd make a great read-aloud. (Plus, my favorite story when I was little was Dr. Seuss' tale of "The Pale Green Pants With Nobody Inside Them" and this features a pair of pants with nobody inside them!!!) I also like how the Little Old Lady solves her "problem" of the frightening things following her in a thoughtful, kindhearted and proactive way. A great Halloween read!
Oct 28, 2010 Ronyell rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
I have read this book for theChildren's Book Club and it was alright. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” is a Halloween children’s book by Linda Williams along with illustrations by Megan Lloyd and it is about how a brave old lady goes out of her cottage to get some herbs, spices, nuts and seeds when she started to walk home, she meets a spooky set of clothes that follow her along the way! “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” may have a brave protagonist and cut...more
A fun read for my 5 yr old as well as my preschoolers, this book had something for everyone. Being a big fan of Halloween myself, I love anything that's even remotely scary or has pumpkins and this had both. Although one of my 3 yr olds covered his face when the scary pumpkin face showed up, he still asked to read it even though we had read it the day before. In fact it was he that requested it, knowing he was scared of it. So, not overly scary but it might be a consideration if you have sensiti...more
Lisa Vegan
Oct 05, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fearful kids and brave kids for Halloween or anytime reading
I reread this because I’d never written a review for it, even though I used to read it frequently with and to kids, because it’s one of 6 books for the October (theme: Autumn/Halloween) Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group.

I was expecting that this would be a book I’d downgrade when reading it on my own, without enthusiastic kids hanging on every word and/or participating.

But, it’s a delightful story. I love its cumulative nature, the sound effects, and the clever conclusion. It’s a...more
Oct 05, 2010 Brenda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: Children Book Group Halloween/Autumn theme
Shelves: picture-books
A little old lady is walking in the woods and suddenly followed by shoes, shirts, pants and a pumpkin. This is story that would work well for a younger child who likes to act out the parts of a story. There is plenty of clomping, wiggling, shaking, clapping and nodding with one BOO at the end. Nice rhymes for early readers who can easily pick up the repetitive pieces and join in.
One windy afternoon the little old lady went for a walk in the forest. It started to get dark and when the little old lady started to walk home she kept seeing things in the middle of the path -two big shoes, pants, a shirt, two white gloves, a black hat, and a very scary pumpkin head- but the little old lady was not afraid of anything. What became of these things? They may not have been able to scare the little old lady, but they did scare all the crows away. This book reminded me a bit of that...more
Crystal Marcos
This was another Children's Picture Book Club read

I liked The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. My daughter just found out what pumpkins are last week so she noticed the giant pumpkin on the cover. I had fun reading it aloud to her. It had simple illustrations and was an easy read so she could relate to the book well. It was fun going through the motions with her as I read CLOMP, CLOMP, WIGGLE, WIGGLE, SHAKE, SHAKE, ETC. She thought that was...more
This is a cute book to read in the fall around Halloween. It is easy to get children interacting because their are multiple characters in the book. Children can practice manipulating words orally while the book is read. I can create a lesson where children count the objects in the picture and label each one. This will help the children with writing out numbers and recognizing pictures from the book. Children could also practice sequencing the order of the objects to make up the scarecrow. Many g...more
Nov 29, 2008 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Interesting story about a little old lady who is pursued by several items of clothing and a scary pumpkin. They want to scare her, but she finds something useful for them to do instead.

This book was selected as one of the October 2011 - Autumn and Halloween reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
This story is about an old lady who is followed in the woods by a line of unusual items. More and more items join the line and the lady continues to claim that she is not afraid although she begins to move faster and faster back to her home. Once she reaches her home she runs inside and shuts the door. She hears a knock from outside and is afraid to answer. When she finally opens the door she realizes that all the objects have connected together to form a sort of pumpkin head scarecrow. I would...more
My all-time favorite Halloween picture book! I read it every year for my Halloween storytime. Even older kids will participate with the CLOMP, CLOMP, CLAP, CLAP, etc. After reading the story, I like to go back to the beginning and show the picture of the old lady's yard. The kids love seeing what is in her neighbor's yard and hanging on the clothes line.
My favorite Halloween book (not that it's about Halloween per se). Genuinely creepy, but won't freak out 3-year-olds, and a perfect ending. Sadly, this year T didn't want me to read it to him "because I can read it to myself". Still, it will be a good place holder while we head to RI for the weekend for some suburban trick-or-treating!
Just another adorable catchy story, and it is also a little humorous.
It's been way too lost since I last read it and way too long since my mother has read it to me.
Nov 02, 2010 Jane added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3-8 year olds
Recommended to Jane by: "hands On Reading"
A favorite at Halloween for reading aloud. And got the Spanish version from the library.
I'm reading this to James now and enjoying it more than ever!
Pretty good story, and fund. The little old lady stands up to the spooky clothes and eventually puts them to her use as her new scarecrow.
Kierstyn Stanley
I chose this book for my read aloud because children can really get involved with the book. The main character, a little old lady, is not afraid of anything. On her way home one night she is faced with obstacles that would make the average person frightened, but not the little old lady. Boots stomping and a pumpkin head yelling BOO can not stop her. Children will really love to see the actions the different parts of a pumpkin scarecrow can do. The actions are in different fonts so the kids would...more
This is a cute book to have that can serve many purposes in the classroom. There is an old lady who is walking in the woods at night. She comes across a pair of shoes that go CLOMP, CLOMP, a pair of pants that go WIGGLE, WIGGLE, a shirt that goes SHAKE, SHAKE, gloves that go CLAP, CLAP, a hat that goes NOD, NOD, and the whole time the little old lady kept walking and was not scared. Then she runs into a pumpkin head that goes BOO, BOO! So the old lady quickly goes back to her cottage, but not be...more
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd, is a great somewhat scary story about a brave, female character. The Little Old Lady goes out into the woods to get some herbs, spices, nuts and seeds, but stays out until nightfall. Walking home she meets a pair of shoes that go CLOMP! CLOMP!
Saying "Get out of my way, you two big shoes! I'm not afraid of you!, she walked down the path, but the boots followed her. She meets more clothing: a pair of...more
Katie Fitzgerald
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Genre: Fantasy

Review: From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2 A delightful picture book, perfect for both independent reading pleasure and for telling aloud. The Little Old Lady. . . is a clever reworking of the classic story of a ghostly body that appears bit by bit (see ``What's the Matter'' in Maria Leach's Whistle in the Graveyard Viking, 1974 ). The humor of the little old lady's fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt, pumpkin hea...more
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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
By Linda D. Williams
Illustrations By Megan Lloyd
Grade Levels: K-2
DRA, Lexile Measure/GLE: 710L/3.4
Reviewed By Aaron Carter

This book is about a old lady who ventured far to gather herbs, spices, nuts and seeds, and while doing so it became dark. As she was returning home, she came across shoes, pants, a shirt, gloves, a top hat and finally, a pumpkin head, all of which made noises trying to scare her. They followed her home, where combined they we...more
Laura Graves
As an old woman is walking through the woods she begins hearing noises: the stomp of boots, the swish of a shirt. She turns to find the clothing items following her on her way home, but not matter what she turns to find none of it scares her. Finally, when they all knock on her door late at night she thinks of the perfect job that will allow them to scare. My professor used this one as a read aloud in our Early Childhood Materials class and it was a great one. It's easy to make it interactive by...more
Jennifer Velez
Another great book that has educational purposes and it's great for Halloween. This book is about a little old lady that wasn't afraid of anything, one day shes went out to collect some herbs and nuts and she started to hear different noises. She encountered with a pair of shoes, some pants, a shirt, some gloves, a hat and a pumpkin, they were all making different noises. Even thought all this things followed her home, she was not afraid, so she had a great idea. I found many uses for this book...more
The little old lady is followed home by 2 shoes, a pair of pants, one shirt, 2 gloves, and a tall black hat. She insists she is not scared.

Near her home, she meets a very scary pumpkin head. She runs inside her cottage and locks the door. When she hears a knock at her door, all the pieces of clothing and the pumpkin head are there. They don't know what to do when she is not scared. She gives them the idea to assemble themselves into a SCARECROW!

And so, the next day, a new scarecrow is in the fi...more
Matthew Triplett
I thought this book was a book for my son. I enjoyed reading this book and I think that it would be a great book to have a k-2nd grade classroom. I also like the illustrations of the book they were fun a colorful. I would recommend this book for teacher to have.
-Matthew Triplett
Catriona Rogers
I read this book to Gillian's class for Halloween. We have always acted out the different parts to Gillian's delight, and the class enjoyed it too. I actually found this book at Central library's book sale in the parking lot. I loved it instantly, and don't think of it as being limited to Halloween. Especially with very young children, there is hilarity in acting out the "stomp, stomp" and the pants wiggling and the shirt shaking and the head nodding, etc, and it has great rhythm speaking those...more
The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything is a great book that tells the story of an old lady who is not afraid of anything. When she goes out into the woods one day she encounters many types of clothing and a big scary pumpkin head. These items end up forming a scarecrow that the old lady puts together in her fields. This book can be read around the holiday of Halloween and students can also talk about the Fall season with this book. Students K-2 can identify items that are seen around...more
One evening a brave little old lady walks home chased by a bunch of noisy, disembodied clothes and a pumpkin head that yells "boo." When they knock at her door, she informs them that she is not afraid of anything, only to find that she has made them unhappy because they want to scare her. She whispers a solution in the pumpkin head's ear, and the next morning finds a happy scarecrow in her garden frightening the crows away. It's a delightful read I try to share with my kids every October because...more
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Not too bad. Cute children's book but I gotta say, I was expecting something more spooky. Repetitive phrases makes it more fun for kids but is predictable ending is really cute. If it was my library I wouldn't really put it under "Children's Halloween"
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