While looking on the library shelves for the next book in the Moffats series, we discovered The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes. In this story, two little girls who are almost seven, Amy and Clarissa, make up a pretend world based on the stories Amy’s mother tells about Old Witch. The book slides back and forth between the pretend world where Old Witch is “banquished” (Amy’s word for banish) to a glass hill and the real world where Amy and Clarissa are making drawings and creating the story.
After banishing Old Witch and telling her that if she can be good (in the way of people not in the way of witches where good means bad) she can come down for Halloween, they create her a family with Little Witch Girl and Weeny Witch. When they see an old bumblebee in Amy’s yard which Amy is convinced is sleeping not dead, the character of Malachi the bumblebee develops. Malachi is their representative on the glass hill and he protects them from Old Witch and protects Little Witch Girl at school. He’s a magic spelling bee who spells everything he has to say which adds delightful humor, especially for adults.
M is thoroughly enjoying the story but I think I like it even more because of the wonderful picture Eleanor Estes paints of the creative minds of children and how all consuming a pretend world can be.