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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
Princess Sparkley's homeschool/virtual school curriculum had us reading this chapter book. I can't believe that in all of our childhood reading, neither Jed or I had ever heard of this book. It has to be a classic. It was first written in 1947, so something our parents might have even read as kids. And it's hilarious. So much so that Jed and I have laughed aloud a couple times each chapter. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is an expert on curing children of bad manners/habits. Here are the chapter titles:
The Won't-Pick-Up-Toys Cure
The Answer-Backer Cure
The Selfishness Cure
The Radish Cure
The Never-Want-To- Go-To-Bedders Cure
The Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bit-Taker Cure
The Fighter-Quarrelers Cure
Although I fear "The Selfishness Cure" has backfired in our house. I had to reread this chapter to Princess Sparkley today (we read the first two chapters for school a week or two ago, and then were supposed to read chapter three today... but we already read the whole book not wanting to wait). Buddy immediately started making labels with his name on them and taping them on everything that was his. As soon as we were done with the lesson, Princess Sparkley joined him. The cure is labeling everything the selfish little boy owns, including his food, his bike, etc. and putting padlocks on everything. Eventually he hates it and wants to share. My kids are just labeling everything. Using up more of my tape.*
To sum up, this would be a great book to read aloud to your kids. They might learn a lesson, hopefully the right one.
*Tape is actually on Princess Sparkley's Christmas list each year because I complain about how much she uses and how she always loses our tape.