The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

by Linda Williams

Other authorsMegan Lloyd (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2002



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Scholastic (2002), 32 pages


A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.



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LibraryThing member emtimmins
This classic participatory story for kids (& adults) is one of my favorites of the season.
LibraryThing member jjmcgaffey
Cute children's story - safely scary. The little old lady finds clothes from shoes on up in her path, clomp clomp wiggle wiggle shake shake...and then a pumpkin head, and at that point she runs! Not scared, just smart. And then a cheerful ending. I read it at a bookstore to check it out because of
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a suggestion in Name That Book.
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LibraryThing member ampitcher
a fun book with great sound words and great for the season of holloween
LibraryThing member Heather19
A cute little book about a lady who is supposedly fearless... Great one to read to kids for Halloween.
LibraryThing member ermilligan
This book would be fun to read around Halloween. It is a fun story line and the children would enjoy all of the sounds.
LibraryThing member wendyfincher
Is this little old lady really not afraid of anything? Her braveness is tested late one night while she was walking home. She meets some really noisy pieces of clothing and a scary pumpkin head on her walk home.
This book is a great read aloud, especially around Halloween. You can use the noises to
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get children involved in the story telling. This is a level 3 book.
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LibraryThing member ashclark
Summary: This was a story of an old woman who went on a walk and on her way home she met two shoes that went clomp, clomp; one pair of pants that went wiggle, wiggle; one shirt that went shake, shake; two gloves that went clap, clap; one hat that went nod, nod; and one pumpkin head that went boo,
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boo. They all try to scare the woman but she is not scared until she meets the pumpkin head. She runs to her house, gets inside and they knock on her door. She decides to go to the door and tells them that she is not afraid of them and they asked what were they to do? So then, she told them to come together and scare the crows out of her garden.
Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this story I thought it was very cute.
Classroom Extension: I think this story would be a very good book to read for fun on Halloween.
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LibraryThing member hollycurtsinger
I LOVE this book. With the current push to provide politically correct "Fall" curriculum instead of the traditional "Halloween" curriculum, it is hard to find appropriate books for public presentations.

There are so many extensions of this book. I have used props, sound effects, and plenty of
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imagination to present this book to children from age 2-5th grade.
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LibraryThing member RAdarling
This book is neat because it has a CD that is included with sound effects that make it spooky for children.The ending is great because it made the spookiest thing seem not spooky at all. It would be cute for all audiences.
LibraryThing member krystalkay
This very silly story is perfect for Halloween time. The little old lady in the story really isnt afraid of anything. Read along and find out what can't scare her!
LibraryThing member mshuster
Magnetic pieces of the clothing and words to retell the story with or without the book on a magnetic surface. I also have the blackline masters for the pieces in my October binder.
LibraryThing member gena93
The little old lady who was not afraid of anything is a story about a lady who was not afraid. She journeyed through the woods one day and stumbled upon a pair of boots that said clomp, clomp. The story goes on with pants, shirt, gloves and a hat all making different noises trying to scare her.
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Instead of getting scared she puts all the parts together and makes a scarecrow.

I can relate to this story because I usually tell my own kids that I'm not afraid of anything. So they try their best to scare me by hiding around a corner or jumping out behind furniture. Sometimes it works but most of the time it doesnt.

During the halloween season we could read this story aloud. I'll read it first, then the second time I will touch my nose and they can act out the clothing parts. We can draw and create our own scarecrows.
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LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
Great interactive story with lots of noises. She isn't scared of anything but a pumpkin head.
LibraryThing member Esyounker
I read this book to my first-grade class the week of Halloween. This book is about a little old lady who goes walking through the woods. While she was walking, she comes across pants, a shirt, shoes, and a pumpkin head. She was not afraid of anything, but the big pumpkin head made her a little bit
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scared. She runs home and is getting ready for bed when all of the items come knocking on her door. She explained to them that she was not afraid of them and they become sad. She tells them she has a good idea that will help them scare things. She suggests that they come together to form a scarecrow in her garden to scare the crows away. When she woke up the next day, the scarecrow was in her garden doing just that.
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LibraryThing member givingtree1
Cute story. Good for Halloween or Autumn. Also good for teaching courage.
LibraryThing member GuidedbyVoices11
Genre: This book is a good example of a fantasy. In the story there are pants, gloves, hat, and a pumpkin head that think all for themselves. In the real world they do not actually do this so it is a fantasy. There is a bit of reality to the story though in the fact that we all get scared
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Age: Intermediate

Media: Colored Pencil

Use: 1. Use as a introduction to a Halloween unit. 2. Have students write about their fears or how they were scared onetime.
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LibraryThing member Jin528
A good story carrying Halloween atmosphere with refrains and lots of movement that kids can enjoy.
LibraryThing member KylieBrigham
In true Halloween spirit, this book is festive, fun, and interactive and is a great holiday read in the classroom because it is NOT scary. Throughout the text the little old lady, who is walking in the woods, comes across various objects that make noises (like STOMP STOMP and CLAP CLAP) and these
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are actions that students could mimic and participate with as the book is being read. This book could be used to teach about making predictions because the book is repetitive, and students have to remember the order of the motions and sounds in order to follow along.
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LibraryThing member klhocutt
Very cute, i especially liked the CD that came with it that had the sound effects. Made the book very interactive. At the end though it showed the children that the spookiest thing wasnt spooky at all. Great book for halloween time.
LibraryThing member michelleleister
An old lady is walking through the forest. She is followed by several spooky things; shoes that go Clomp Clomp, pants that go Wiggle Wiggle, and a shirt that goes Shake Shake. The old lady is not afraid of anything!
LibraryThing member Jcadd13
This fictional book follows a little old lady who encounters some strange things on her way home in the night. The lady however is not afraid and eventually makes a deal with her encounters to scare away the crows. This book is great for Halloween season and has some fun interaction that goes on
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within the text such as "WIGGLE, WIGGLE" and "CLAP, CLAP" that students can join in on.
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LibraryThing member ehopki7
This would be an excellent book to use in a classroom around Halloween or fall time. I really enjoyed reading it. This book would fall under the category of a cumulative tale, because as the little old lady meets each different item throughout the forest, their little bit gets added on to the poem
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that is included throughout the story until finally all of the items assemble to create a scarecrow! I think the repetition throughout the story helps it to flow extremely well and to keep the readers attention and keep them engaged. The main idea of this story is that everyone has a purpose, even if it turns out to be something different than you had originally planned!
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LibraryThing member JenJ.
I was surprised at how well this worked for the 2nd and 3rd graders - I thought it might be too young for them, but they loved it. Part of it was that they were familiar with the book, but they also loved the participation aspect. Illustrations by Megan Lloyd are fine, but it's the story that's the
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standout here; there's a reason this is a classic. This would also work great for a participatory storytelling experience. My Elementary Music Education class had a version of this where you hand out different musical instruments to members of a class or group to represent each action and have them perform the story sort of readers' theater style.

Used for Spooktacular Tons of Fun program for 2nd and 3rd graders October 2009.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
A little old lady leaves her cottage for an afternoon's walk in the forest, in this appealing folktale-style story, finding herself far from home as darkness begins to fall. Encountering a series of ghostly articles of clothing, as she makes her way home - two empty shoes, clomp-clomping, a pair of
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pants with nobody in them - she resolutely refuses to become frightened, although the appearance of a glowing Jack-O-Lantern does have her running from her pursuers. Finally, when confronted with the entire "ensemble," the little old lady has a bright idea...

I enjoyed The Little Old Lady Who Not Afraid of Anything, and think it would make an excellent Halloween read-aloud. The ever-expanding refrain, with its sound-words and repetition,will allow young listeners and readers to participate in the story, clomp-clomping and wiggle-wiggling along. The illustrations by Megan Lloyd - whose artwork can also be seen in a more recent autumn offering, Too Many Pumpkins - are appealing, capturing the humor and well as the spookiness of the story. All in all, a solid Halloween tale!
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LibraryThing member afussell
A woman walks through the forest and hears sounds but keeps telling herself that she is not afraid. When she gets home she realizes it was the clothes from her clothesline that turned into a scarecrow.


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