The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (英語) ペーパーバック – 1988/9/1
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“A splendiferous Halloween story.” —The Horn Book
“A great purchase for Halloween or any time of year.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard...clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap.
And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life! With bouncy refrains and classic art, this timeless Halloween story is perfect for reading aloud.
“A splendiferous Halloween story. A sure-fire winner with gloriously noisy actions for storytelling and just shivery enough.” (The Horn Book)
“A great purchase for Halloween or any time of the year.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
やがて、日が暮れ 薄暗くなってきたので 女性は家に向かいました。
すると 向こうから大きな靴が CLOMP CLOMP と音をたてながら近づいてきました。
あっちへおいき！と女性は言いますが、靴はCLOMP CLOMPと音をたてながら 女性の後をついてきます。
まもなくして、ずぼんが WIGGLE,WIGGLE と音をたてながら近づいてきました。
次にシャツが SHAKE,SHAKE、次に手袋が CLAP,CLAP、次に帽子が NOD,NOD・・・
そして 最後に大きなかぼちゃが BOO BOO
走って家に帰った女性は、まもなくドアを KNOK KNOK する音を聞きました。
A brave little old lady, walking home through the woods, is confronted by two shoes. She informs the shoes that they don't scare her and continues on, with the shoes following behind. When she meets up with pants, a shirt, gloves and a hat, and, finally, with a pumpkin head, she repeats herself, but she does walk a bit faster after each meeting. Closing the door at home behind her doesn't end things, as the set of clothes comes knocking. The clothing, particularly the pumpkin head, are very sad that they're unable to frighten the lady, but she has a wonderful idea that gets everyone's approval.
This isn't, exactly, a Halloween book. The carved pumpkin head gives it that appearance, and the fact that it's a scary, tense, story, adds to that impression, but more than Halloween, this is an AUTUMN book. It is perfect for those days when the sun sets early and there's a little hint of coming frost in the air - as long as your young reader isn't easily scared! While the idea of being followed around by clothes is mildly amusing to me, as an adult, it'll be your call for your kid, whether or not he/she is likely to enjoy a little scare. The ending, good for a laugh, takes the sting out of the scary lead-up, if knowing that helps you decide.
The text is very good. The following that the little old lady accumulates grows and becomes more ominous and the text conveys that very well, building the tension as the reader roots for the little old lady to escape the menacing laundry pile behind her. The illustrations, set in boxes on each page, are smaller - sometimes much smaller - than they needed to be, or even should have been. This is a perfect book for full page and two-page spreads overflowing with detail. For that type of imagery, see Halloween Night instead. The illustrations are my only complaint, however. This is a really good, slightly scary story for young and beginning readers who will probably prefer having a comforting adult do the reading - it is four solid stars good, it's just not five wow stars great.