Heppermann, Christine and Koertge, Ron and Illustrated by Marcero, Deborah Sadie’s Story (Backyard Witch) 170 pgs. Green Willow (Harper Collins), 2015. $17.00 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
best friends have gone on a vacation without her! She is pretty down about it
until she meets an odd old woman living in her backyard playhouse. She says she
is a witch and she enlists Sadie’s help looking for a friend that turned into a
bird. Sadie learns more about birds and has a wonderful time with her new
friend. When her parents decide to sell the old playhouse, will all the fun
First off the
artwork is adorable! As for the story, I have to be honest here, I disliked reading this book and could hardly make myself finish. the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle like “witch” can be
irritating in an attempt to create a unique character, I think even Sadie may have felt that way a bit! I appreciated the promotion
of bird watching. I think students will find the dangling hope of magic a
big disappointment. It’s a wholesome chapter book so it can’t hurt to add it for 2nd grade readers.
But I would prefer to promote something with a little more quirky humor like
Ivy and Bean.
EL (K-3) –OPTIONAL
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.