A and I completed the first Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book last Wednesday (the book he is “reading” above is the second in the series). We have struggled with chapter books in the past (The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mouse and the Motorcycle are two we have made it half way through and stopped) and so I had been on the search to find one that was right for his age and that he would like. I remembered Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (and mentioned it in my Friday Favorites) a few weeks ago and picked it up at the library.
If you haven’t heard of the books before Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a series from the 1950s era that is about a woman who helps parents cure their children’s “ailments” (not wanting to go bed, showing off, bullying, etc.). I loved them when I was a kid because they were funny and very descriptive.
I wasn’t sure how A would respond to it, but he loved it! I separated the book out by reading a half chapter during rest time and then each night, and we flew through the book. Now we have started on the second one, Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and he is enjoying it as well. Here are A’s thoughts and mine about the first book:
Me: What was your favorite cure?
A: The make your bed one, because I like how Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle pretends to be a queen and checks the bed for wrinkles.
Me: What do you think was the most difficult cure?
A: The radish one, I don’t think having all that dirt caked on someone would be good!
Me: What did you like best about the book?
A: It’s funny. The kids are all “wah-wah” and then Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle says “no, no do this” to the Moms and then everything is better!
A responded to them as I thought, he thought they were silly, but he also was curious about the misbehaving children and it has lead to lots of good discussions about making wrong choices and right choices. I really like the quirky solutions that Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle comes up with (it’s a very Mary Poppins sort of approach, make things a game, a bit of everyday magic).
The books were written in the 50s so you have to account for language usage in the books. We have skimmed over some of the phrases, etc. just because A doesn’t understand the use or I don’t want him saying them (nothing major, just things such as kids calling each other a pig, or fat). I think they would be fine when he gets older to read and realizes not to use those words, but at four and a half, he isn’t there yet.
Anyway, we are now on to the second, and he is enjoying it just as much! I’ll check back in and let you read what he thinks of it, when we finish it.