Erica Silverman
Children's Book Author


There was an old woman
who lived in a shoe
she had so many children
she didn't know what to do.

I always wished that the little old woman would get out of her crowded shoe and find a proper home. And since she was small enough to live in a shoe, I knew it would involve a dangerous journey.
That was the seed for my book.

Do you know any nursery rhymes? How about:

Jack and Jill went up a hill....


Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet....


Old King Cole was a merry old soul...

So...start with a nursery rhyme that you like. Make up a story about the people in it. Who are they? What do they want? How will they get it? What will stop them? What will they do next? How will they solve their problem?

Follow your imagination. Play around with words. See what happens.

Do you like to draw? Now make some pictures to go with your story.

There Was A Wee Woman

Rosanne Litzinger,Illustrator
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers

There was a wee woman who lived in a shoe with her many wee children (their tiny pets, too). Six crammed in a bed, tangled up in a heap. Some wrangled, some dangled. Jack groaned, “I can’t sleep.”

What’s a mother to do? Why, find a bigger home, of course! Bouncy, enthusiastic Jill leads the way, but brother Jack warns, “There are giants out there! They will eat us for snacks!’’

Playful verse and whimsical pictures pull readers into this miniature family’s glorious adventure full of brave actions, comic mishaps, and the joy of discovering a perfect – if surprising – new home in a dollhouse.

"Sometimes a shoe just isn’t big enough for a whole family, even a miniature one, especially when said family consists of a mother, five children and a multitude of pets (including a cow). So when Mama says, “Get me out of this shoe,” they all set out to locate a new home. Adventures are in store (a trek over a clothesline, a sleeping snake, a swim through a creek) as well as some misbegotten attempts at a new abode (a rat-infested log, a smelly barrel, an unstable birdhouse) until the family comes face-to-face with a tremendous giant—eek!—who just happens to be friendly as well as the possessor of the perfect solution. The rollicking rhyme gives a nod to this and other nursery tales, and Litzinger’s stylized paintings of the freckled, ginger-haired heroes provide a fresh, wee perspective. A fun-filled romp bound to become a favorite." Kirkus

More about Nursery Rhymes