KidVid: Just in Time for Halloween--Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman
Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman is an appropriately scary story for four- through nine-year-olds about three brothers who wander into the forbidden woods where legend has it a witch abides. Teeny-Tiny, the youngest of the brothers reluctantly goes into the forest, and when they are invited to dine by an ancient crone, he fears the worst. Brothers Big-One and In-the-Middle dismiss his suspicions.
Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman is the first of five stories on a new Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD, Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman…and more spooky Halloween stories. Based on an old Turkish story, it relates the tale of the brave little brother whose resourcefulness saves the three boys from becoming the witch’s dinner—and part of her fence.
A young boy becomes the caretaker of a witch’s wicked shadow in the imaginative “The Boy with Two Shadows.” Feeling responsible for the witch’s shadow, the boy takes pains to insure that it does not disturb his mother and schoolmates. In a world where everyone and everything has a shadow, the boy loses his when the witch’s shadow scares it away. “The Boy with Two Shadows” is a delightful story—despite the witch and her shadow, it’s not scary—in which the witch is not nearly half as creepy as Teeny-Tiny’s.
Maria Conchita Alonso narrates “Los Gatos Black on Halloween,” an eerie poem about black cats and witches that teaches kids some spooky Spanish. Zombies, werewolves, ghosts, skeletons, loons, and the walking dead congregate in a haunted castle for a monstrous ball, but even they have fears on Halloween.
Did you ever wonder “What’s Under My Bed?” After Grandpa shares a monster story, two kids find it hard to sleep as their imaginations run wild. In “What’s Under My Bed?,” Grandpa shares a second story of a time when he was a boy and scared. Perhaps nothing under the bed can be as scary as an over-imaginative Grandpa.Continued on the next page