MeenaThe suspicious children of Fly Street are convinced that their elderly neighbor is a toad-eating witch.  They call her names, write her a threatening letter, and believe that the little girl who visits her house must be under a spell.  When they learn that the little girl is Meena’s granddaughter, they discover that there is nothing wicked-witchy about Meena.  Meena treats them with kindness, patience, and slices of her delicious homemade cherry pie.  Illustrated with bright abstract collages, this is a humorous and hopeful book about overcoming misunderstandings. mjw
Title: Meena
Author: Sine Van Mol
: Carianne Wijffels
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
: 2011
Original language
: Dutch
Original title
: Mina Lieverd
Original publisher
: Wielsbeke
Original copyright
: 2010
: 978-0-8028-5394-3
Hardcover pages
: 28
Age range
: 5-9
: Picture book
Author’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Illustrator’s residence
: Belgium
: USBBY Outstanding International Books List
: Europe, Grandmothers, Fear, Old age, Prejudices, Western Europe

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