Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Book Review: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle


A favorite from my childhood, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was one of the first chapter books I elected to read aloud to Talmage, and he was just as fascinated as I had hoped.
It's been a year or so since we read the series, and we recently checked out the first book on CD to listen to again.
(My boys love listening to books on CD in the car, and Talmage also listens to them during his daily quiet time in his room.)

I can't exclaim enough about the wonder of these books!
I love these books so much I even gave the set to my younger sister for Christmas one year when I was in Junior High and read them aloud to her each night before she went to sleep.
I also gave the set to my brother's family last year for Christmas.
It's a collection I think each home should have!

Not only do they address many of children's most common problems
(like quarreling, refusing to share, not picking up toys, or interrupting),
but the problems are solved in the most delightful, hilarious ways.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle,
the woman who lives in an upside-down house and always smells of cookies,
works her magic to cure these ailing children
while simultaneously becoming one of their most beloved friends.
Her way of interacting with children inspires me,
and the ridiculous humor is entertaining for children and adults alike.

And I like to think that reading about little girls who answer back
or little boys who bully others
just might encourage my little ones to stay away from these undesirable behaviors.

The series includes:
and
(the last was written later by Betty MacDonald's daughter, based on stories she remembered her mother telling her)

It's a fabulous set of books, and I highly recommend it for any young child!

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