Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

by Betty Bard MacDonald

Other authorsHilary Knight (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1957




Philadelphia, Lippincott [1957]


A woman with a magic way of curing children's bad habits tries her hand with a bully, a whisperer, and a slowpoke and formulates cures for a show-off and a crybaby.

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LibraryThing member MerryMary
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's remedies are magical, but the maladies she treats are all too recognizable - in my grand-daughter, in my daughter's childhood, and, oh my, in my own!
LibraryThing member TamaraBronson
Pages: 120
Reading Level: 4.6

This is a cute tale of a jolly old lady with magical cures for children's annoying habits. This would be a great book to read with a class for fun or to talk about character changes.
LibraryThing member MrsLee
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cracks me up. This was another book my first grade teacher read to us, and if I hadn't already loved reading, I would have started then. These stories sure made me think about my actions, and they made me glad that my mom and dad were not like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Planting radish seeds in dirty ears, I tell you, that story really made me keep my ears clean for the rest of my life!… (more)
LibraryThing member jbarro3
This book is appropriate for almost any age. I read this book to a kindergarten class at the end of the day and they loved it. The only thing they didn’t like, was it was not strictly a picture book. There was only about one picture per short story, so a lot of the students lost interest pretty fast. The ideas discussed in the book are funny and relatable. For example, when Ms. Piggle Wiggle gets a call about someone not doing her chores, she makes up funny names for the cure. Some of the solutions she comes up with are very comical.

Because of many of her ideas being comical, many students find much interest in the book. The book is broken up into short stories that are only a few pages long. The chunking of the text is good for younger students so they do not become frustrated. The language in the paragraphs is very easy to read, except for some of the made up words she uses.

Most of the ideas in the book are relatable to the students and they may be experiences they are having at home. For example, not wanting to share toys with a younger siblings, not want to eat their peas, or not wanting to get a bath at night. Students read a short story about Mrs. Piggle Wiggle being called and having a solution for the problem, students may realize eating their peas are not that big of a deal.
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LibraryThing member Crowyhead
I love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!
LibraryThing member juliac83
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is a great help to all parents. She helps many parents with their children’s behavior problems. Such as, the show-off, the cry baby, the bully, the whisperer and the slow poke. Her cures are always original and unconventional but she always has a good outcome.

This book is a classic laugh. I love the connection she has with the children, and how she knows the perfect cures. The detail given to explain each problem child is lighthearted and amazing. I also like the crazy names for the characters.

1. This could be used for a creative writing assignment. They could write a story of a problem and decide on a crazy solution.
2. This could also be used as a lesson to introduce a bad behavior lesson.
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Local notes

First edition. Dust jack in Folio files

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