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Shy Mama's Halloween

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
When their father gets sick and cannot take them out trick or treating on their first Halloween in this new country, Anya and her sisters and brothers are surprised when their shy mother agrees to accompany them.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 2nd 2000 by Tilbury House Publishers (first published August 1st 2000)
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Samantha Fetalvero
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Rating: 5.0

A lovely story of a family who has just immigrated from Russia to America and the children are ecstatic to join in the festivities of their first Halloween. Despite their bashful mother's hesitance, she works up the courage to give her children the Halloween experience just like every child in America looks forward to year after year. After reading about this immigrant families' first Halloween festivities and how they took great joy in it, it made me feel more appreciative of every
Jenny Williams
This story is of an immigrant family’s first celebration of Halloween. The children in the story are excited for the holiday but the mother is unsure about it. A neighbor seamstress makes elaborate costumes for the four children and the mother tells the children that their father can take them trick-or-treating. After the father’s late arrival home that evening and the discovery of his sickness. The mother decides that she will take the children, even though she doesn't like the idea of this hol ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quietly beautiful story of an immigrant family from Russia who wants to celebrate their first Halloween in America. The children do, but their mother, who is shy and somewhat uncomfortable in her new environment, rises to the occasion of Trick-or-treating when their father is sick and can't take them.
A nice story that can help children increase their empathy for those who are different.
Lauren Brown
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A beautifully written book about an immigrant family moving to America from Russia and having their first Halloween holiday. It tells of the intimating events that most immigrants experience and the courage it takes to move to another country. The illustrations are astounding and the text is easy to follow. Very well written book.
Amber Cooper
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A great book for children! This book has a great theme of acceptance, multicultural differences and emotions. This book captures the overall feelings of a family new to America..experiencing the holidays, traditions and culture. What a great read, strongly recommended for elementary students (2-3-4 grades).
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Touching story of a immigrant mother who didn't feel comfortable with any part of Halloween but allowed her children to partisipate so they could embrase their new countries cultures. This bashful Mama had to overcome her shyness to make her children happy.
Taylor Brune
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story about an immigrant mother who is not comfortable with the traditions of Halloween, but allows her children to take part in the activities in order for them to embrace their new culture. It's a fabulous story about being different and uncomfortable in your new surroundings.
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr 2-5
A very special book that not only celebrates Halloween, but also salutes the willingness of immigrants to embrace American ways. Morin's illustrations light up the story.
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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a book about being different and uncomfortable. amazing
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and touching story about an immigrant family's first encounter with this uniquely American celebration, and a mother who gets over her fear and unease to take her kids trick or treating.
Felicia Goodwin
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a good book for talking about other cultures and the similarities and differences. This is a good time to talk to children about how they would feel if they were in that situation.
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Anne Broyles is the award-winning author of two children's picture books, PRISCILLA AND THE HOLLYHOCKS (Charlesbridge, 2008) and SHY MAMA'S HALLOWEEN (Tilbury House, 2000). She also writes for regional publications such as MERRIMACK VALLEY MAGAZINE and THE LOS ANGELES TIMES Travel section. Check out for more details."
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