By the time I was six, I knew from the Brothers Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel that mean witches were bad and would get their just due; but I also knew from Dr. Seuss' Grinch that cruel hearts could change and grow with kindness. On our little black and white television set that sixth year of my life, I had watched the annual showing of THE WIZARD OF OZ and had witnessed Neil Armstrong become the first man to set foot on the moon, making me think pretty much anything was possible.
The story is quite eccentric and the artwork is wonderfully detailed. At the end of the book is a recipe for Old Black Witch's Bewitching Pancakes. What kind?
make a brew,
What kind of berries
make a pancake blue?"
This is one of many obscure books published by Parents' Magazine Press, which operated a children's mail-order book club in the 1960's and '70's. Through this club's affordability and popularity came many books that Baby Boomers (like me) remember fondly. Some titles are so popular, that they've become quite collectible. CLICK HERE, if you'd like to browse which titles Loganberry Books has available in stock. (You can also scour your own neighborhood bookstores and libraries, or google the titles to find them on Amazon or Ebay. I literally wracked my brain for years to remember this book title, and finally came across it this fall! I guess OLD BLACK WITCH is one of the most requested books! When I looked up the customer comments on Amazon, most everyone had the same wonderful memories as I did and were thrilled to have found this old childhood friend. )