Counting Made Easy w/ Magic Brooms and More in New Picture Book

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Author Sonia Lipford’s “Witches’ Brooms in My Room” uses old wives’ tales to weave a homeopathic magic about domesticity that is fun for children to learn.

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The author found herself very happy in the writing of this rhyming picture book for children. Well, she should, since reading Sonia Lipford’s Witches’ Brooms in My Room is a fun way for children to learn how to count. If a book’s success is measured in the joy that it brings it readers, then this one should be right up there with the successful ones.

A girl named Sally moves into an old blue house with her mother Julie. Julie has no time for housework. At school, a boy named Dan (who stands beside a fan), tells her that her new home used to be a place where witches lived. They used to fly across at night. Things get a bit strange for Julie, since just that morning a broom, the first among many, had appeared mysteriously in her room.

The brooms do some work, or so it seems. Julie finds the housework done (and her mom out working) and the brooms moved. Children will have loads of fun speculating on the provenance of the many brooms (which appear everywhere in and around the house), and learn not only counting but the importance of housework and the time and effort it takes to do them. No one really has magic brooms that do housework but the magic of homes that are swept clean daily by its inhabitants has taken on the effect of ritual in the home environment – one that seemingly makes life easy as one, two, three. Sally, though, finds she cannot sleep because of the brooms. There is a trick to helping them count backwards so they would disappear, and therein lies the lesson that children are gifted with when they read this book.

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About the Author
Sonia Lipford was born in Richmond VA, but grew up in Petersburg VA. Her family moved a great deal due to her stepfather being in the Army. At one time, Sonia lived in Texas, Alaska, Clarkesville Tennessee, and Fort Campbell. Now, her home is Oak Grove Kentucky where she goes to college on the base of Fort Campbell. The college is Austin Peay. And, all children are her inspiration to write this book, and that includes her children.

Witches’ Brooms in My Room* by Sonia Lipford
Publication Date: December 30, 2009
Picture Book; $21.99; 26 pages; 978-1-4415-7035-2
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 26 pages; 978-1-4415-7036-9

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