One Wish for Winifred Witch

5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)


In this rhyming story, little Winifred Witch is excited about enjoying Halloween night with the big witches, but she has one small problem–she is afraid of the dark. Her secret wish is never to be scared of the dark again. She asks her Aunt Broomhilda, who owns a shop of spells, to help. When magic fails, Broomhilda shows her another solution to her fears.

Written by Cheri L. Hallwood
Illustrated by Patricia M. Rose

The Digital iBookstore version of One Wish For Winifred Witch is a Read-Aloud Book read by the author herself!

Book Inspiration

Winter’s First Snowflake had been chosen as the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Award for Most Outstanding Children's Book!

One Wish for Winifred Witch has been chosen as the recipient of the Gold Seal for the Mom’s Choice Award!

I LOVE HALLOWEEN!  It runs a close second to being one of my favorite holidays, right there, next to Christmas.  And I was sure that someday I would write a story with a Halloween theme, I just wasn’t quite sure how that would come to be.

I had already been contemplating writing a story evolving around a common fear, for both children and adults . . . the fear of the dark.  We all know of someone, who at one time or another has been afraid of the dark.  It’s a fear that I had as a child and have watched my children and grandchildren work through.  But it would all come together on one Halloween night, while out Trick or Treating with two of my grandchildren.  You see, as I watched my grandchildren scamper along through their neighborhood, knocking on doors and chanting “Trick or Treat”, I was also watching and listening to three little girls following close behind us.  They appeared to be around four or five years of age, and all three were dressed up in witch costumes.  “Safety in numbers, even among witches,” I thought.  These adorable little girls were giggling and twirling in their costumes as the scampered down the sidewalks with their parents close behind.  Everyone could see how much fun they were having.  That is, until it began to grow dark!  I soon heard one of the little girls tearfully explain to her mom that she was ready to go home now, because it was getting dark and she was afraid.  Needless to say, it didn’t take very long before these three little “witches” were headed home with their goody bags in tow.

Later that night, as I sat inside my daughter’s home, watching my grandchildren search through their Halloween bags, separating their “good” candy from the “not-so-good” candy, my thoughts kept going back to the “three little witches” and their fear of the dark.  Halloween, a little witch, AND being afraid of the dark . . . hummm!  So with pencil and paper, and some imagination, little Winifred Witch was born.





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Hardcover with Dust Jacket




July 2010

4 reviews for One Wish for Winifred Witch

  1. 5 out of 5


    This is a delightful story about a little witch who has a secret fear. She finally trusts someone with her secret. They come up with a soultion to help her face her fears. I love how the story shows children not to keep their secrets to themselves but to trust an adult. It also shows that there is a way to overcome fears. This is a beautiful way to start a discussion with children who are afraid of things. The illustrations are very cute and the story flows readily from the tongue. It is written in a rhyming verse which made it fun to read to my children. “One Wish for Winifred Witch” is not only good for halloween but all year round! This is definitely one to have on your bookshelf.

    One Wish for Winifred Witch is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Love One Wish For Winifred Witch! I am a second grade teacher and my students love this story. The rhyme is magical. The story line is relatable to all. It’s a story to have on your shelf as it never gets old, it just gets more endearing as you reread it.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Really cute book. I met Cheri at the Kids Expo in Elkhart Indiana and she signed the book for my 3 year old son. I read it to him tonight and he loved it. The story flows well for reading and keeping kids interested. I won’t give away the ending but I think that’s what my son loved the best. The illustrations are beautiful and the quality is excellent.

  4. 5 out of 5


    One Wish for Winifred Witch is a charming way to teach kids about facing their fears. The fun illustrations and lyrical flow to the story make it a joy to read aloud to my children!

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