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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (809 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eleanor Estes Narrator: Jane Jacobs Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1960 ISBN: 9781593163693
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Banished! Old Witch likes nothing better than to fly about on her broomstick crying “heh-heh!” and casting abracadabras, but now she has been sent away … by two young girls. Amy and Clarissa love to tell stories about Old Witch … until one day they decide she is just too mean and wicked. Drawing a rickety old house upon a barren glass hill, the girls exile Old Witch there with the warning that she’d better be good—or else no Halloween! For company they draw her a Little Witch Girl and a Weeny Witch Baby. Old Witch tries to be good, but anyone would get up to no good in a place as lonely as the glass hill … as Amy and Clarissa find out when Old Witch magics them into her world, a world of make-believe made real. Download and start listening now!

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  • “The story is full of delicious vocabulary, puns, rhymes, and spelling, most often through the unusual voice of Malachi, the magic spelling bumblebee.”  

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Voracious | 2/7/2014

    " I'm sure I'd love this if I'd read it as a kid, but coming to it for the first time as an adult, it didn't really grab me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/27/2014

    " Fun. Not too scary for young ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 1/18/2014

    " This book vastly affected life as a child and gave me a better understanding of who my mother really was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reuel | 1/17/2014

    " I read this at least twice: 1962 with Judy Davidson (vwall, vmail), 1995. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/9/2014

    " I loved this book when I was a child, and was pleased to see it work its magic on my own daughter as well. Don't care for the cover drawing on this edition, but the illustrations by Ardizzzone are charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/4/2014

    " A childhood favorite. Wonderful, whimsical story punctuated by the delicate art work of Edward Ardizzone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/1/2014

    " A real favorite which charmingly captures the mentality of young kids; I used to read it every Halloween to the family -- even my husband would come in to hear it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Takaki | 12/14/2013

    " Eleanor Estes had a way of capturing what an 8-year-old girl would sound like if she were telling the story and letting her imagination run away with her. So much fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly Magro | 12/9/2013

    " This was one of my favorite books growing up...I did a book report on it in 4th grade and I think I read it about three times :) How many books have witches AND mermaids in them? Great for reading aloud, too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mitch Cardella Trudel Du Mond | 12/7/2013

    " I did not like this book. not enjoyable to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsie Heyrman | 11/27/2013

    " One of my fave books ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willa Grant | 6/25/2013

    " This was my favorite book in the late 2nd grade & early 3rd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 3/20/2013

    " a sweet halloween(or any time of the year) classic... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Lisle | 11/25/2012

    " I have extremely fond memories of this book - it was one of the first that I checked out from the public library (and I did so frequently). Very imaginative tale about witches, spelling bees, and mermaids! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 11/1/2012

    " This was cute, but rather quirky. It's the tale of an imaginary witch world invented by two young girls. It was first published in 1960 and the language and style definitely feel a bit dated. However, the kids (8 & 6) enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 10/18/2011

    " loved it when i was a kid "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/10/2011

    " This book is very cute, I think I read it for the first time in second grade, then again recently, and It is just adorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L-V | 3/21/2011

    " Abbie and I will read this together - one of my favorite books growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laureen | 1/1/2011

    " This was one of my favorite books as a child, and I have fond memories of reading it to my daughter when she was little. Delightful, whimsical story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 12/2/2010

    " This is Aerie's next book club party book (march 2008) very fun. Two seven year old girls tell stories and draw pictures of a witch family . . . but it is really happening to the witch family. A fun easter of halloween read aloud "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly's Sister | 9/16/2010

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!I read it when I probaly was 9 and and several times after that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 9/16/2010

    " This is probably my favourite book from childhood. I've reread it many times over the years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 7/12/2010

    " This was my absolute favorite book when I was a little girl. I am so excited to have stumbled across it working in my daughter's library at school. I can't wait to read it to her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/22/2010

    " A childhood favorite. Wonderful, whimsical story punctuated by the delicate art work of Edward Ardizzone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L-V | 4/27/2010

    " Abbie and I will read this together - one of my favorite books growing up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 11/3/2009

    " This was one of my favorite books growing up...I did a book report on it in 4th grade and I think I read it about three times :) How many books have witches AND mermaids in them? Great for reading aloud, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 10/26/2009

    " Another book by a favorite author. My girls loved this when we read it years ago, and Rachel begged to hear it again for Halloween this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 5/4/2009

    " loved it when i was a kid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laureen | 10/25/2008

    " This was one of my favorite books as a child, and I have fond memories of reading it to my daughter when she was little. Delightful, whimsical story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willa | 10/25/2008

    " This was my favorite book in the late 2nd grade & early 3rd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/22/2008

    " This book is very cute, I think I read it for the first time in second grade, then again recently, and It is just adorable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly's Sister | 6/27/2008

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!I read it when I probaly was 9 and and several times after that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 3/15/2008

    " A real favorite which charmingly captures the mentality of young kids; I used to read it every Halloween to the family -- even my husband would come in to hear it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reuel | 3/12/2008

    " I read this at least twice: 1962 with Judy Davidson (vwall, vmail), 1995. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 2/5/2008

    " This is Aerie's next book club party book (march 2008) very fun. Two seven year old girls tell stories and draw pictures of a witch family . . . but it is really happening to the witch family. A fun easter of halloween read aloud "

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About the Author
Author Eleanor Estes

Eleanor Estes (1906–1988) grew up in West Haven, Connecticut, which she renamed Cranbury for her classic stories about the Moffat and Pye families. A children’s librarian for many years, she launched her writing career with the publication of The Moffats in 1941. Two of her outstanding books about the Moffats—Rufus M. and The Middle Moffat—were Newbery Honorees, as was her short novel The Hundred Dresses. She won the Newbery Medal for Ginger Pye.

About the Narrator

Jane Jacobs (1916–2006) was a writer and activist who championed new approaches to urban planning for more than forty years. Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, became perhaps the most influential American text about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists. Her efforts to stop the building of downtown expressways and protect local neighborhoods invigorated community-based urban activism and helped end Parks Commissioner Robert Moses’ reign of power in New York City.
 
Jason Epstein is the recipient of many awards, including the National Book Award for Distinguished Service to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Book Critics Circle, and the Curtis Benjamin Award given by the American Association of Publishers for enriching the world of books. For many years he was editorial director of Random House. He is the author of Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future and Eating.