©1947 Betty MacDonald, Renewed 1975 Donald C. MacDonald; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of The Random House Audio Publishing Group
"A charming reading of a timeless classic." (AudioFile)
"Each of these stories has obviously been told over and over to delighted children, who must throng around their author as the youngsters in the book do around Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle herself." (The Chicago Tribune )
I remember reading this when I was young and have enjoyed sharing it with kids as I've gotten older. Who can resist Mrs. Piggle Wiggle? She's the "fairy godmother" all kids dream of at one time or other. Who would love going to an upside down house where you can hunt for treasure, bake cookies, or do any of the other delightful things the kids do at Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's. Would be great for a family road trip!
I recently had laryngitis, and this story was scheduled on our read aloud section in our homeschool curriculum. I decided to purchase the audio book and save my voice for reading and math lessons. We enjoyed so much cuddling on the couch and listening to the wonderful performance. The narrator told tales of the naughty children just like aunt.
Yes, we remember it fondly from decades ago, but this story is no longer funny or relevent to the concerns of kids or parents. Mrs. P "cures" bad children by tricking them into being "good," i.e. doing housework (for girls, of course), cleaning their rooms, and not being rude.
Reader is just so-so. Don't waste your money.
All three of my children were glued to this story. My six year-old has listened to it four times already.
The way Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle handles childhood problems is creative!
I am a life long student. I love to study and learn and I enjoy factual books but also well research novels. At age 75 I have read lots.
Sometimes when my little people cannot sleep we put an earbud in one ear each and listen together. Even I like to listen over and over
I read these as a child and loved them, and now my 6 year old son loves them too. The narrator is nice and clear with a good voice for the young set, if a bit cloying to me. At first I was a bit apprehensive because the discipline is certainly old fashioned and there is a mention of spanking and the natural consequences (brought to their outrageous logical conclusions) Mrs. Piggle Wiggle uses can seem harsh to modern adult sensibilities, but my son thought the stories were hilarious, especially the Radish Cure, where a child who resists bathing is made to grow radishes in the dirt on her arms. My son has listened to the book three times already!
My four-year-old loves this book, so don't be afraid to try it for the 4-8 set. One warning: written in the 1940s, so spanking is mentioned if you're uber-sensitive about that.
This is fantastic. The reader is great and the stories are timeless. Stories about kids misbehaving and adults at their wits end (all with happy endings) keep everyone listening after we've arrived at our destination.
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