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Introduction

The warlock and her cat are joyously floating within the sky on a broomstick while the breeze pulls up and goes away the witch’s hat, then her stem, and then her scepter! Luckily, three valuable animals find the lost items, and all they want in recovery is a ride on the broom. But is there flat on the broom for so many backers? And when tragedy thumps, will they be ready to save the witch of a hungry dragon

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

The witch had a cat and a very tall hat and long ginger hair, which she wore in a plait. How the cat purred and how the witch grinned as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind. But how the witch wailed and how the cat spat when the wind blew so wildly, it blew off the hat.

“Down,” cried the witch, and they flew to the ground. They searched for the hat, but no hat could be found. Then out of the bushes on thundering paws, there bounded a dog with the hat in his jaws. He dropped it politely, then eagerly said as the witch pulled the hat firmly down on her head, “I am a dog, as keen as can be. Is there room on the broom for a dog like me?” “Oh, yes,” cried the witch, and the dog clambered on. The witch tapped the broomstick, and whoosh, they were gone.

Over the fields and the forests they flew. The dog wagged his tail and the stormy wind blew. The witch laughed aloud and held onto her hat, but away blew the bow from her long ginger plait.

“Down,” cried the witch, and they flew to the ground. They searched for the bow, but no bow could be found. Then out from a tree with an ear-splitting shriek, there flapped a green bird with the bow in her beak. She dropped it politely and bent her head low, then said as the witch tied her plait in a bow, “I am a bird, as green as can be. Is there room on the broom for a bird like me?” “Oh, yes,” cried the witch, so the bird fluttered on. The witch tapped the broomstick, and whoosh, they were gone.

Over the reeds and the rivers they flew. The bird shrieked with glee and the stormy wind blew. They shot through the sky to the back of beyond. The witch clutched her bow, but let go of her wand. “Down,” cried the witch, and they flew to the ground. They searched for the wand, but no wand could be found.

Then all of a sudden from out to a pond leapt a dripping wet frog with a dripping wet wand. He dropped it politely, then said with a croak as the witch dried the wand on a fold of her cloak, “I am a frog, as clean as can be. Is there room on the broom for a frog like me?” “Oh, yes,” cried the witch, so the frog bounded on. The witch tapped the broomstick, and whoosh, they were gone.Over the moors and the mountains they flew. The frog jumped for joy and

 the broom snapped in two. Down fell the cat and the dog and the frog. Down they went tumbling into a bog. The witch’s half-broomstick flew into a cloud and the witch heard a roar that was scary and loud.

 “I am a dragon, as mean as can be, and I’m planning to have witch and chips for my tea.” “No,” cried the witch, flying higher and higher. The dragon flew after her, breathing out fire. “Help,” cried the witch, flying down to the ground. She looked all around, but no help could be found.The dragon drew nearer and licking his lips said, “Maybe this once I’ll have witch without chips.”

But just as he planned to begin on his feast, from out of a ditch rose a horrible beast. It was tall, dark, and sticky, and feathered, and furred. It had four frightful heads, it had wings like a bird. And its terrible voice when it started to speak was a yowl and a growl, and a croak, and a shriek. It dripped, and it squelched, and it strode from the ditch, and it said to the dragon, “Buzz off! That’s my witch.”

The dragon drew back and he started to shake. “I’m sorry,” he spluttered. “I made a mistake. It’s nice to have met you, but now I must fly.” And he spread out his wings and was off through the sky.

Then down flew the bird and down jumped the frog. Down climbed the cat, and “Phew,” said the dog. And, “Thank you. Oh, thank you,” the grateful witch cried. “Without you, I’d be in the dragon’s inside.”

Then she filled up her cauldron and said with a grin, “Find something, everyone, throw something in.” So the frog found a lily, the cat found a cone, the bird found a twig, and the dog found a bone. They threw them all in and the witch stirred them well. And while she was stirring, she muttered a spell. “Iggety, ziggety, zaggety, zoom.” Then out rose

a truly magnificent broom with seats for the witch, and the cat, and the dog, a nest for the bird, and a shower for the frog. “Oh, yes,” cried the witch, and they all clambered on. The witch tapped the broomstick, and whoosh, they were gone.

“Room on the Broom” Book Read Aloud Youtube Video

Conversations

So what conversation will you have with your child after reading this book?

Some questions you might like to ask a re:

Where they flew?

Over the fields and the forests they flew.

The frog jumped for what?

The frog jumped for joy and the broom snapped in two.

They searched for What?

They searched for the wand, but no wand could be found.

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