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Smith, Maggie

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ISBN 10: 0688098843 / ISBN 13: 9780688098841
Published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Smith, Maggie. THERE'S A WITCH UNDER THE STAIRS. NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, c1991. first printing. unpaginated. Illustrated in color. Fine bright looks unread hardcover in near fine d/j with only minimal shelwear. Bookseller Inventory # 13867

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Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Frances tries everything to get rid of the witch lurking under the basement stairs.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Frances knows that a slit-eyed, grasping witch lives under the basement stairs, and that if her uncomprehending family keeps sending her down there, one day she might not return. Frances has tried spells, brews--everything she can think of--but nothing drives the witch away. Only when her stuffed toy, Ellie, falls through the stairs does Frances have the courage to face her fear. The effective text pattern of stating the witch-banishing attempts followed by brief reasons for their failure is made even funnier by the illustrations and added comments of the watchful hag. Rosy cheeks, dot eyes, and dotted-ink outlines give a doll-like look to the simple figures, but pictures are busy with color, household items, and fabric patterns. Ink crosshatching adds texture. Busyness is balanced by varying illustration size and setting some against ample white backgrounds. The double-page actions of Frances preparing to defend Ellie are guided by looping arrows and culminate in a full-page ferocious Frances, armed for battle in a collander helmet. The theme of overcoming fearful creatures is not new, although most youngsters' fears "go bump in the night." There is a satisfying finality to the story; this witch is just plain gone. Fun for groups and early readers. --Jane Saliers, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
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