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"A spine-tingling adventure that makes you think twice about whom you can trust."

The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children
by Keith McGowan

Hansel and Gretel has been a fairy tale read to children for hundreds of years. Now, it has been recreated in a full-length novel, set in modern times. Eeek! This could be YOUR neighborhood! The witch could be YOUR neighbor! Sol and Connie have replaced Hansel and Gretel who lived happily ever after.

Will Sol and Connie be clever enough to stay out of the oven?
How will Sol use his scientific intellect to outwit the evil witch?
How does a dog become a central part of the story?
Will their dim-witted daddy and evil stepmother finally get what is coming to them?
Where did all these other witchy side-kicks come from? Aren't Sol and Connie going to be outnumbered?
They'll need a cheering section to see them through this time!
Where are the police when you need them, you ask? (Check their i.d. for witchy lookalikes.)

The awesome Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, prediction, drama, problem-solving, and skill building. Teachers who want students to introduce students to fairy tale literary spin-offs, (albeit with a cannibalistic twist) will want make this novel part of their classroom libraries.

Research Links for
The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children
by Keith McGowan

Traditional Hansel and Gretel Story
Hansel and Gretel by The Brothers Grimm
Hansel and Gretel Activities
Google Pictures for Hansel and Gretel

Other Fairy Tales:
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Rumplestiltskin, Modern Readers Theater

Stories, Folklore, and Fairy Tales
Fairy Tale Headbands

Grimm's Fairy Tales

Fairy Tale Preschool Crafts
A Unit on Kings & Castles (Kinder.)

Fairy Godmother's Assistant  A Readers Theater
Shelley Duvalle's Faeiry Tale Theater Complete Collection, DVD
The Sleeping Beauty Ballet performed by The Royal Ballet

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Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
Alice the Fairy by David Shannon
Rumplestiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley
The Tooth Fairy's First Night Out by Shelly Rotner
The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen by Jane Yolen
The Uglified Ducky by Willie Claflin

The Kids Wings Guide for
The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children
by Keith McGowan

A 32-page unit perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children is now available as part available in the Kids Wings collection Extraordinary Destinations and as a download unit.

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Vocabulary List and Activities
Making Connections: Quick Writes and Pre/Post Reading Discussion Guides

Character Guides
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Visualizing the Story Activities
Having Fun with Riddles

Let's Write Riddles
Crossword Vocabulary Puzzles
Recalling and Writing about Character Emotions
Research the Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales
Compare Stories
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

A special thanks to composer and performer Thomas Fosseli for generously allowing us to use his original music soundtrack of "Fearkeep" as our background music



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