Friday, March 30, 2012

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

By Rosalyn Schanzer, 144 pages.

Using grim black and white illustrations and a language kids can identify with, Schanzer tells the real-life ghost story of the Salem witch trials. The best thing about this book: kids will pick it up. Just look at the cover, it leads the reader to expect a spooky tale with plenty of cool illustrations and they will get just that as well as the facts relating to the story, quotes from the real people who were involved, and a list of sources to go on to learn more. The text naturally grasps the readers attention and expertly weaves in the facts and the language of the time without making it feel out of reach. A great first stop for kids just being introduced to the topic.

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