Bibliographic Information: Donaldson, J., & Scheffler, A. (2003). Room on the broom. New York, NY: Puffin Books.
Brief Annotation: As a witch is flying on her broom with her cat, she loses (and finds) her ribbon, hat, and wand, meets some new friends, and makes room on the broom for everyone- until she is about to be devoured by a hideous dragon! Will her new friends be able to rescue her?
Grade Level: PreK-3
Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy stories with witches; readers who enjoy repetitive text; readers who enjoy stories featuring talking animals.
Rating/Response: 4.5; I enjoyed this book immensely. The text is repetitive in a way that will help students develop phonemic awareness. The story is simple, but full of friendship, generosity, and perseverance. I love that the witch’s new friends manage to band together to scare off the dragon, and the broom the witch creates at the end, including special features for each of her animal friends, will amuse readers.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: This would be an excellent book to encourage students to make predictions. Students could practice during the early repetitive portions of the story, and then would get the opportunity to engage more critical thinking skills when making a prediction for the climax.