Read Aloud Is the Cure for Summer Boredom

With the summer coming to an end, now is the time to cure the last days of summer boredom.  Take advantage of the kids being home  and the later bedtimes.  Why not sneak a little learning into the last weeks of summer disguised as family fun?  You know what I’m talking about … reading aloud!  There are so many wonderful books that will hold your kids in rapt attention while expanding their vocabularies and getting them focused.  This is the best win/win ever!

Today I am sharing the updated version of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books.  I have been recommending the original books for years and I was so excited to meet the author of the new version, Ann Martin and get a copy of her take on the series.  I think this book will fit in  quite nicely with the originals!

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Title: Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever CureMissy Piggle-Wiggle summer boredom

Author: Ann. M. Martin

Target: Grades 2-5

Series: This book is a companion to the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books

What this book is about:

In this story Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle asks her great niece Missy to watch the upside down house while she follows a lead to find her husband Mr. Piggle-Wiggle, who was captured by pirates. Missy has many of the same talents as her great aunt. She loves children, she always carries a bit of magic with her, and she is an expert at curing things such as Gum Smacking and Greediness! As with the original books, each chapter has her curing a child of a particularly annoying tendency.

Why I love this book:

  • Ann Martin worked with the great granddaughter of Betty MacDonald who wrote the original books. Ms. Martin has captured all of the whimsy and quirkiness of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, while making the material fresh and relevant.
  • This new book is just as good a read-aloud as the original. The chapters are divided by cure and make wonderful stand alone stories. Kids absolutely love hearing about the foibles of others and can usually equate these problems to their friends. Strangely they rarely see themselves!
  • The book does have one drawback for me, which I don’t think will bother kids in the least. Missy Piggle-Wiggle uses magic for most of her cures. I love that the original book has practical solutions for solving problems and does not involve enchantment. In that vein, the Just-One-More-Minute Cure in this story was my favorite because it didn’t involve anything but good old fashioned parenting.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who love the originals. They will appreciate this updated version. Wonderful read aloud with kids.

Final thoughts:

I was so nervous when I heard they were “updating” these books. However, I can say that I am quite pleased with the outcome. I just hope the next book relies more on ingenuity than magic.

To purchase this book:

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