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Mrs. Muddle's Holidays Hardcover – March 18, 2008
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The residents of Maple Street celebrate the usual holidays as well as more unusual ones, such as Pioneer Day and Patriots’ Day. But after Mrs. Muddle moves to Maple Street, every day becomes a holiday. In the spring, she celebrates First Robin Day and First Shower of April. Then it’s First Day of Summer, Watermelon Day, and the Garlic Jubilee. Through the fall and winter, Mrs. Muddle continues to find reasons to make each day special, and her neighbors, particularly the children, join the fun. The final surprise comes when Mrs. Muddle finds Maple Street’s residents preparing for a holiday that’s not on her own calendar: Mrs. Muddle Day. An author’s note about holidays closes this cheery, lighthearted story about community and intergenerational friendships. The text is perfectly paced for reading aloud, but the book will work best in small groups, which will allow close-up views of Yezerski’s ink-and-watercolor drawings of energetic, gray-haired party-animal Mrs. Muddle and the warmth and whimsical details that make her celebrations so joyful. Preschool-Grade 2. --Gillian Engberg
“A holiday winner . . .Yezerski's pen-and-ink watercolors are bright, warm and festive. This is perfect for every collection.” ―Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“Children of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds are depicted in this wonderful story of friendship and fellowship. It will make a great read-aloud any time of the year and will encourage children to create their own special occasions.” ―School Library Journal
“The text is perfectly paced for reading aloud, but the book will work best in small groups, which will allow close-up views of Yezerski's ink-and-watercolor drawings of energetic, gray-haired party-animal Mrs. Muddle and the warmth and whimsical details that make her celebrations so joyful.” ―Booklist
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Mrs. Muddle lives life with celebrations. These days may not be well known, but they celebrate life in that moment, like April Showers day on the first rain in April or the Watermelon Bash that adds craft and food together. She brings one neighbor along then another and the group celebrates a new and exciting holiday special to their neighborhood. (You have to read the book to know which new Holiday they celebrate.)
This is a great book for young children....nice drawings with many things to see. The writing is wordy for the very young, but preschool - 1st would be great. To read this to start your own celebration tradition or to teach about a special celebration for that year at your school/community this is a must read book. There is a wonderful book by Baylor Byrd called I'm in Charge of Celebrations that brings a more nature oriented twist to the ideas of celebration/holidays and is geared for older elementary.
This book is highly recommended.