Kid Konnection: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
The folks at Random Acts of Reading recently asked bloggers what backlist book they’d like to promote and I chose Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald since I adored the series as a child. When I noticed the audio version of the book is narrated by none other than Karen White, I decided I needed to give it a listen to see if it has retained its magic and, I’m happy to say, for the most part it has.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a widow with an upside down house and a buried treasure in her backyard. She loves and understands children so she knows just what to do to get them to behave. Children love her back and their parents turn to her for advice on things like quarreling, staying up too late, and not bathing.
I very much enjoyed listening to this audio book even though parts of it are dated – such as the children’s names and even the tasks assigned to them. The book was written in the 1940s so that’s to be expected. The problems the parents are upset about seem pretty tame in today’s world but that’s okay since this book is intended for early readers. I do think Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s approach will make children think about their behavior.
Karen White does a great job with the narration. She reads the book at a little slower pace because of the intended audience and it worked great. I do think this book will appeal more to girls than boys.
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