I fall in love with books and authors all the time. My newest love is Chris Van Allsburg, and his book A Widow's Broom.
The lonely widow happens upon a hurt witch, and her broom. Her kindness to the witch and the magical broom brings her joy and company. But to the others, they are frightened by the broom. In the end, the widow and the broom prevail, and their victory is very cleverly written.
I like this book because it is a picture book that can be used with older children to make inferences, study figurative language, and just compare and contrast characters and their reactions to something new and different.