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Le balai magique

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"Witches' brooms don't last forever. They grow old, and even the best of them, one day, lose the power of flight.... On very rare occasions, however, a broom can lose its power without warning, and fall, with its passenger, to the earth below ... which is just what happened one cold autumn night many years ago." So begins The Widow's Broom, the gentle, strangely captivatin ...more
Paperback, 28 pages
Published March 31st 1993 by Ecole des loisirs (first published 1992)
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Ronyell
Widow

“The Widow’s Broom” is a haunting story from the great mind of Chris Van Allsburg and it is about how a lonely widow named Minna Shaw finds a friend in a witch’s broom, but is threatened by the villagers to get rid of the broom because the know that it is witch crafted. “The Widow’s Broom” may have some controversial material about witchcraft, but it is a brilliant read for children who love haunting stories.

Chris Van Allsburg makes this story haunting yet memorable at the same time as it detail
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Melki
I absolutely LOVED this book! Contained within these magical pages are an unfortunate witch, a kindly and patient widow, some superstitious neighbors and the most industrious broom since, well, this guy -

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Truly wonderful!
Tracey
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halloween
A nice little tale for Halloween
David
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
"Witches' brooms don't last forever. They grow old, & even the best of them, one day, lose the power of flight.... On very rare occasions, however, a broom can lose its power without warning, & fall, with its passenger, to the earth below ... which is just what happened one cold autumn night many years ago." So begins The Widow's Broom, the gentle, captivating book by Chris Van Allsburg. One morning the lonely widow Minna Shaw finds a wounded, sky-fallen witch in her vegetable garden. Th ...more
Mary
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enchanting book with beautiful artwork-just loved this!
Kathryn
This is an outstanding picture book, both in story and illustrations. Part of the fun for me was knowing virtually nothing about it (other than seeing the high ratings from other GoodReads members and friends) so I will not include a synopsis in my review (there are many other fine ones to be found, anyway). Instead, I will say that I was utterly captivated and constantly surprised by the twists and turns in this tale. It is a story of kindness, gratitude, fear and prejudice, acceptance and frie ...more
Arlene Allen
I love, love, love how Van Allsburg refrains from making the witch old and ugly. The broom - steals my heart.
Meggie Donovan
I loved this book. Van Allsburg's tale is that of an enchanted broom left behind for a lonely widow. Widow Minna Shaw takes in a witch after she falls from her broom which has lost the ability to fly. The witch leaves the broom behind after she recovers. Minna soon finds that the broom sweeps on it's own--it eventually becomes welcome companion and friend. Things get complicated when Minna's neighbors become suspicious of the broom and ask her to burn it at the stake.

This is a fun and heartwarm
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Noah D
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book but I wish it could be longer
Maya
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice and creative. I thought that the we should have more info about the Witch. I loved the broom it was very admirable. The pictures were also very creative. They were impeccably drawn.
Sahil
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book a lot because of all of the sharp turns in the book (When the widow actually gave Mr. Spivey the old broom with no power and when she painted the broom white to be the "ghost" but was really the magic broom.
Joseph Lapierre
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Widow's Broom is about a witch who is one day flying over a woman's house named Minna, who happens to be a widow. The witches broom loses power during mid-flight and she comes crashing down into Minna's garden. The next day during the morning hours Minna finds the fallen witch in her garden and helps her inside so she can heal. The next day comes and the witch is healed and takes off while Minna is still sleeping but leaves her broom behind as she thinks it has no more power. Minna decides t ...more
Barbara
This is one of my favorite Chris Van Allsburg books. As he often does in his picture books, the author/illustrator plays with reality and fantasy, adding a twist at the end. When a witch falls from the sky, she leaves behind her broom as thanks to Minna Shaw for helping her recover. Minna doesn't expect much from the broom, but it has magical powers and sweeps her floors and chops her wood. After her neighbor Mr. Spivey considers it the devil's handiwork and his two sons accost the broom, severa ...more
Meredith
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As happens on rare occasions, a broom suddenly loses its power, and both it and its witch crash to earth. After landing in the kitchen garden of a widow's farmhouse, the witch hitches a ride but leaves the broom behind. The widow begins using it like an ordinary broom before she discovers that it hasn't lost all its magic after all. At first she is frightened, but the broom is a hard worker and eager to help, and soon it is doing chores around the farm and keeping the lonely widow company. Of co ...more
Lisa Brown
Chris VanAllsburg is pure magic with his illustrations and his edgy stories. In this story, a witch has left her brrom in the garden of a widow, because it can no longer fly. It may not fly, but it is still magic, and soon it becomes the widow's friend and helper. Unfortuantely, the village doesn't like the idea of a broom that is alive, and they decide to destroy it. Luckily, the widow is clever and finds a way to make everything work out as it should. Dark at times, the illustrations are amazi ...more
Shazzer
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
After a witch falls out of the sky one day into Widow Shaw's garden, she leaves behind her old broom. The widow discovers the broom is still full of magic, and capable of great things, but her neighbors think the broom is an evil and should be destroyed.

What is it about Van Allsburg? Where does he get these wild ideas that turn into such beautifully strange books? The illustrations are sumptuous and wonderful as always, and the story is as I said, beautifully strange, with a wonderful smile of a
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Lani
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers and parents
Shelves: kids, education
I tend to love Chris Van Allsburg's less famous books like this one.

A quirky twist on a Halloween story, my fifth graders LOVED THIS BOOK. I dressed up as a witch and read it to them, and they had so much fun with the idea of a run-away witches' broom.

I also like the different perspective on witches... they're not all bad after all.

Of course the highlight is really Van Allsburg's illustration, but the story stands up on its own.
Claudia
Chris Van Allsburg -- I love everything he writes...I love the stories he draws. I love his clever mind and his way of turning a story upside down.

The Widow Shaw saved a witch whose broom just stopped...the witch leaves to get a better broom, and the Widow learns there's lots of life in that broom...but her neighbors are not happy...and make lots of trouble. The revenge of Widow Shaw and the broom is so satisfying...soo.
Relyn
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: I love Chris VanAllsburg.
I am such a Chris Van Allsburg fan. Half the time when I read one of his books, I think, "This is the best one yet." Well. This one really might be. It's got it all: a compelling story, superb illustrations, excellent details, a surprise ending. Everything.

Classroom Connections
~ This is a perfect book to use as a mentor text. There is no end to the mini-lessons you can use this book for.
~ an excellent Halloween read aloud.
~ add to the pile of seasonal books in October
Kelly Fulcher
This was a fun story, very playful. It was a very cute story, something that kids can relate to. Kids often find things that they think are great, things that get better and better, but some people think they are bad for them, and try to take them away, just like the widow and her broom. Kids can relate to the story line, and Van Allsburg's child-friendly story is great!
Luann
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be great for a Halloween storytime. It isn't your typical Halloween book, but I really like it for that. I love the personality of the broom! I've read most of Chris Van Allsburg's books now, but I really need to read them all!
Jennifer Siddiqui
Such a sweet story about a widow who helps a witch who leaves behind a magical broom. The broom helps the widower with all her housework and proves to be a true friend. A good story about helping those in need.
Kathy
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible illustrations and a cute story. Love this book...read it several times.
Tanya W
Loved this "horror story" for kids. He is so creative and we really like all his books with the cool Twilight Zone twists at the end. Dodoo dodoo dodoo dodoo.... Ahhhhh!
June
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy/witch fans, and discussion of good & evil
Recommended to June by: Peggy?
Shelves: witches, picture-book
I always liked how the widow is rewarded for her kindness and her use of quick wits to save the broom from the male neighbors' fear and beliefs of evil.
Maren Prestegaard
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall
Not sure this book has a place in my library but plan to try again in a few years. Rich in illustrations and metaphor.
Dana
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 3 and up
I'm usually not a fan of scary or magical tales, but Van Allsburg's story is more about tolerance and understanding than a magic broom. One night, a witch falls from the sky because her broom is getting old, and needs to be traded in for a new model. She falls in widow Minna Shaw's garden, and Minna takes her in and helps her recuperate. It seems perfectly normal to Minna that a witch should fall from the sky, and that she should leave her broom as a parting gift to repay the kindness. Minna ass ...more
Tyler Schoening
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Witch's Broom is another great magical fall tale by Chris Van Allsburg. It's a perfect holiday book for Halloween as a witch's broom loses power and comes to live with a small farming widow where they crashed. As the broom helps the woman with chores around her house the neighbors become curious, and Mr. Spivey comes to fear it. After it attacks his boys the neighbors come to destroy the broom, but the clever widow gives them and normal old broom instead. After burning what was believed to b ...more
Baasim
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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T Crockett
A third grader told me I had to read this book; she knows I like Van Allsburg’s books. It says all sorts of truths about human nature, without being preachy. The unstated mystery in this book is a little easier to work out than in some of his other books. The illustrations are spooky and wonderfully detailed.
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Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg. His sister Karen was born in 1947.

Chris’s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream. It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk (and made the ot
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