Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Friday, June 10, 2011


To kids, summer means F-U-N and freedom from school. Look no farther, if you want some FUN chapter books the whole family can enjoy this summer.  (listening level, ages 6 and up.  Reading level, ages 8 and up).
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm were our family's two favorites from the series, written by Betty MacDonald.  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a small lady, the widow of a pirate. She lives in an upside-down house (always filled with the scent of freshly baked cookies) in a lively neighborhood inhabited mostly by children who have bad habits. She happens to have a storehouse of highly amusing "cures" for common childhood diseases including the Won't-Pick-Up-Toys cure, the Answer-Backer cure, the Never-Want-to-Go-to-Bedders cure, the Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker cure, and several others.  These books have been around for over 50 years, but Betty MacDonald's genius parenting concept of natural, logical consequences for misbehavior, was ahead of it's time!
In this book, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle leaves her upside-down house and has moved to a farm in the country. With the help of her cows and pigs and horses, she's still curing girls and boys of their bad habits.  So whatever the problem -- from Pet-Forgetter-Itis to Fraidy-Cat-Ness -- the parents all exclaim, "Better call Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!"

The Mouse and the Motorcycle books, by Beverly Cleary.
The Mouse And The Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (Weekly Reader Children's Book Club Edition)  Runaway Ralph CD  Ralph S. Mouse

Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgen. (Read my previous post HERE)
Pippi Longstocking (Puffin Modern Classics)

Paddington Bear books, by Michael Bond. (Click HERE for a list of all the books on the P.B. website)
A Bear Called Paddington  Paddington Treasury (Paddington Bear)

1 comment:

  1. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was my FAVORITE book as a kid! Oh and Amelia Badelia! My dad read them over and over to me :) Such a wonderful memory!