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Sweets the Witch and Her SweetSwitch

by Micah Smith

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The picture book Sweets the Witch is a cute and clever rhyming story of a witch with the nickname Sweets (you guessed), who loves Halloween. It's the time of year where all are out for trick or treat and her favourite treat are sweets, hence the nick.
Her passion for chocolate bars has cost her a healthy tooth or two throughout the years, but she just can't help it. (I know where she is coming from and can hear my dentist's warning.)
Now she has come up with a marvellous plan, as she is a rather kind witch, who likes to share, she has cast a spell and all the boys and girls who want to swap their sweets for toys on Halloween have the chance. All the children need to do, is put a note with the toy of their wish into a little cauldron pot. (The book offers a link to the author's webside, where parents can download a picture of the pot and then print it out, but why not use and old pot instead or create your own magic (cardbord) box? There are lots of creative options and of course, the children can get involved, too.)
On Halloween night the witch will switch the sweets into the wished for present. (I'm not sure of the witches suggestion, it could be anything including a pony, as that's surely what my younger daughter would have in mind at the moment.)

Generally speaking, I think it's a wonderful idea, and it will inspire children to think more careful about all the trick or treat sweets and it offers a good chance for teachers and parents to discuss how sugar will cause problems for healthy teeth in the long run and hopefully Santa and the Easter Bunny consider copying her smart plan. (And in case the witch will feel a bit unwell after consuming an incredible amount of sweets on Halloween, as a responsible parent, I'm, of course, happy to help out.)

The rhymes are cheerful as are the colourful illustrations and Witch Sweets is a hugely likeable character. A book children will enjoy to read and certainly a very good idea. Highly recommended. ( )
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