Thursday, February 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Blue-Nosed Witch by Margaret Embry

This Halloween treasure was published in 1956. I found it in a thrift store for 75 cents and it's in incredibly good condition.

The Blue-Nosed Witch by Margaret Embry is about a young witch named Blanche who struggles to be on time because of her tendency to get distracted.  Halloween is coming and the witches plan to fly to Dead Man's Bluff at Midnight. If she is late, she is in danger of being kicked out of Scurry 13.

She has a blue nose that glows, which fascinates the kids she meets.

She sets her alarm clock ahead by an hour and a half, to make sure she gets there on time. One of the other witches, sets Blanche's clock ahead by two hours, so Blanche gets up and gets ready way too early. This gives her time to find trick-or-treaters and get into a little trouble. Will she make it to the launch on time?

This is a cute book for ages 6 to 10. Carl Rose's illustrations add dimension to the story.

If you'd like to contribute to our book drive for NICU babies, here is how you can help.

1. You can order books for your own children from an online Usborne book party and the proceeds will go to purchase books for the NICU. I've received over $350.00 in free books for the NICU from people buying books for their own families through my web link. Usborne is really good to their hostesses, and they have great board books for babies. Click on the link: Usborne book sale to benefit NICU The books you order will be shipped directly to your home. You can then give them to your children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews. The free books from the hostess benefits go to the NICU.

2. We have set up a baby registry at with many books listed for the NICU babies. Some of these books only cost 2.50. Many of these are classics that all children should have. Click on this link if you'd like to help provide books for the NICU: Catherine Crosby Building Lifelong Readers Book Registry. If you order books for us, they will be shipped directly to me, and I will package and send them to the NICU. English and Spanish books are both needed as some of our babies' first language is Spanish. It is important for these little ones to be proficient in their first language.

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