Alice and Greta by Steven J. Simmons
A Tale of Two Witches

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Alice is a good witch. And Greta... well, Greta and trouble are never far apart. Alice spends her time helping others by weaving her enchanting spells. All Greta does is wreak havoc. But when a forgotten spell comes back to haunt her, Greta's stuck learning something she should have learned long ago.
 

About Steven J. Simmons

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Steven J. Simmons is the author of the best-selling children's book, ALICE AND GRETA: A TALE OF TWO WITCHES. He was inspired to write the story while playing with his children on a hill behind his home. In an interview on "The Today Show," Steven said that he felt a "spontaneous combustion" as the story took shape in his mind. He visits schools and reads his stories to many classrooms full of eager listeners.
 
Published July 1, 1997 by Charlesbridge. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The effects of artistic license become clear in this picture book from Simmons, who shows what happens to two witches who attend the same school, and are taught the same lessons, but find widely different uses for their craft.

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This prim volume preaches the Brewmerang Principle, which states that Whatever you chant,/ Whatever you brew,/ Sooner or later/ Comes back to you. Alice is a winsome and well-behaved witch; Gr

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Greta's were deviously diabolical."" For instance, Alice conjures an ocean wave to lift a stranded boat from a sandbar, while Greta uses the same spell to wreck a sand castle.

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The two witches mix things up in Alice and Greta's Color Magic by Steven J.

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Grumpy girl-witch Greta, who was trumped by sweet-natured Alice in the original story, has vengeance on her mind: ""I will make that pink goody two-shoes do nasty things just like me!"" Greta casts her spell, and Alice's pointy pink hat turns ""yucky green"" and she gets an irresistible urge to s...

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