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From Publishers Weekly

In PW 's words, "Fans who have eagerly awaited a new Cleary novel will find this story wrought with the same understanding and sympathetic humor that have warmed the hearts of two generations of readers." Ages 7-12.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 2-4-- With the introduction of Maggie Schultz, a feisty and independent third grader, Cleary again gives young readers a real person with whom they can identify and empathize. This deceptively simple story is accessible to primary-grade readers able to read long hand, as some of the text is in script. The plot develops around Maggie's defiant refusal to learn cursive writing, one of the mainstays of the third-grade curriculum. When her mother queries her about how long it might take her to decide to write cursive, Maggie answers, "Maybe forever." All the while she fervently wishes that she had never taken such a stand. The problems Maggie creates for herself at home and at school are handled with deft wit. Her parents are alternately understanding about their daughter's determined desire to be her own person and irritated by her stubbornness and the ensuing requests for school conferences about her uncooperative behavior. How Maggie's savvy teacher accomplishes her goal of getting Maggie to learn cursive without an unpleasant confrontation, or loss of face on either side, is both clever and believable. Everything in this book rings true, and Cleary has created a likable, funny heroine about whom readers will want to know more . Order two copies; you'll need them! --Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380710870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380710874
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12th, is celebrated across the country on D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. One of the most popular and honored authors of all time, Beverly Cleary has won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. She makes her home in coastal California.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book got me interested in cursive handwriting when I was in the first and second grade. I was in a classroom mixed with first and second graders. Everyday for writing, the grade 1's would practice printing and the 2nd graders would practice handwriting, which looked very hard and I dreaded second grade. But when I reached transferred to another school in second grade, the teacher read Muggie Maggie to the class and just in time too. I also liked looking at the cursive writing included in the story and found it to be rather beautiful, and slowly I began to learn it once we started, and soon enough, I was able to master it. In Maggie's case, she felt as if she didn't need to learn how to do it because she preffered writing notes on the computer, and at the same time, she felt as though cursive challenged her gifted and talent capabilities, but would not admit it. The school did the "write" thing by having her be the class monitor and deliver messages to the principal written in cursive writing, and when she was curious to see what the notes said she realized she couldn't read cursive writing, and sure enough, she got the hang of it and practiced it secretly, and all was well at the end. But this book also has a lot of humor and captures the essence of the characters in this book. Beverly Cleary is like a child at heart and has a great understanding of putting herself in children's shoes, and that's why she has written great story books that are still being read by today's generation, whether it's Henry Huggins or Ellen Tebbits books that came out almost 50 years ago or all of our favourite character Ramona's books that have lasted for what seems like forever. I hope to read another book from Maggie in the future if Cleary continues writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Muggie Maggie is about a girl named Maggie who does not want to write cursive.Her teacher,mom and dad try to make her do it but she still refuses to do it.But once she haers people all over the school talking about her she makes herself write it.This book makes me feel sad in a way.It makes me sad because she refuses to right cursive and because it took her that long to write it.I reccomend this book because she had someing that she couldn't do and some people have the same thing and I want some kid to know that there are other kids like them even if they aren't real.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful story of a young girl and the obstacles she has to overcome to read and write cursive. Beverly Cleary takes Maggie on a journey everyone must go through early in school. Maggie confronts the conflict within herself to fight the desire to learn cursive. Maggie does not want to learn cursive because her teacher said to; she wants to learn in her own time. Maggie does some changing through the story and finally does find the joy of reading and writing cursive. Third graders learning cursive can relate to Maggie and the struggles she experiences. A must read for all young readers!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
We really enjoyed it and it was funny! Our favorite part was when Maggie learns how to do cursive. We think other third graders would enjoy this book; maybe even younger kids, too. We think we will read more Beverly Cleary books now that we have read this one.

Charlie, Jakob, Allison, Lindsey and Shannon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stephanie porter on August 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
i read this book when i was younger, and i liked it so much that i reread it again. it's a cute story about a girl, maggie, who doesn't want to learn cursive. her teacher lets her not learn cursive and appoints her offical class mail messenger. knowing that maggie is very snoppy and will want to read all the mail she delivers, the teacher writes the messages in cursive. then maggie begins to think that some of the mail is about her! now if she wants to find out what everyone is saying about her, she will need to learn cursive. will maggie learn, or will she never know what is being written. a cute story and nice lesson about not giving up just because the task proves a bit difficult.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Runa VINE VOICE on December 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found moments of this book that read much like Frindle, so that was really neat. Maggie was a very relatable character--show me one person who actually liked the cursive-writing units in school! Back then, I'm sure people actually used it, but still. Such a waste of time for a lot of illegible scribblings! It's a very short book, read in its entirety while my mom drove home from the library, and yet, within 70 pages, Cleary managed to create a fully developed, highly memorable character in Maggie. The charm that was lacking highly in Dear Mr. Henshaw and Strider made an awesome reappearance here! Cute!

Rating: 5/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Student Reviewers on July 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
The book Muggie Maggie is a great story for students that are learning cursive. The character Maggie tries her best to learn how to write in cursive. There are many funny parts in the story that make it interesting to read. The book is helpful because it has some parts written in cursive. We recommend this book to kids that don't know how to write cursive.
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This book, while well-written, does not quite come up to the quality of many of Beverly Cleary's other works, for example, the Henry Huggins books, the Ramona series, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Emily's Runaway Imagination.
The main character, Maggie, is a third-grade girl who rebels against learning to write cursive, partly because she doesn't like the way it looks.
Of course, her refusal causes great concern among the adults in Maggie's life. Maggie even has to see the principal, and the school psychologist.
Things seem to be at an impasse, and then Maggie's teacher, Mrs. Leeper, comes up with a clever way of motivating Maggie to learn cursive...
she makes her the note monitor, and leaves the notes unsealed, knowing that Maggie will peek at them. These notes were, for the most part, amusing. One of them, however, brought back some very painful childhood memories.
"Maggie is now reading cursive. I saw her reading what I had written on the chalkboard. If she can read it, she can write it."
Now, while this was true in Maggie's case, and would be true for many others, there are also those who can read it, but, for some reason
or other, cannot write cursive, and sometimes have difficulty with printing as well.
I'm one of these people. I was reading several years above my grade level, but my handwriting was terrible, due, in my case, to a perceptual-motor disablity which wasn't diagnosed until just before I entered the sixth grade. I was often scolded and shamed in front of my classmates:
"There is no excuse for someone who reads as well as you do to have such poor handwriting. You're just not trying. Shame on you!"
Kudos to Mrs. Leeper for NOT shaming Maggie in front of her classmates.
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