Last month, with my first For the Love of Books post, I turned this into a little place to share some of my favorite finds in children's literature in hopes that, together, for the first time or all over again, we might help our children fall in love with reading. Well, today, I'm sharing a book, with you all, that will make you laugh and bring you to tears. It is written for children ages five to nine, but the colorful, watercolor and ink illustrations and never-ending energy captures even the heart of my three-year-old.
Mrs. Muddle's Holidays, written by Laura F. Nielsen and illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski, is a book about finding joy in the every day, mundane, community activities, that come with the changing seasons. From cleaning out the gardens in preparation for spring planting to raking the leaves to welcome winter, life, on Maple Street, was ordinary, until Mrs. Muddle moved into the little house at the end of the street. She brought with her a holiday for practically every day of the year. On First Robin Day, she is found hanging yarn, in the trees, for the robins' nests and making her famous peanut-butter-and-birdseed cookies all alone. By the First Shower of April, she's got two young followers joining in for the Water Waltz and Puddle Plop; but by her Annual Watermelon Bash, in July, Mrs. Muddle has the whole neighborhood coming together for fun that carries, throughout the year, from January's Ice Spectacle and February's Let's Pretend It's Summer Day to December's First Snow. There's one holiday, however, that even Mrs. Muddle doesn't know about, but it's sure to be the biggest celebration yet!
I'll be back, tomorrow morning, with a Sketches in Thyme two-pager. Until then, thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful Wednesday! Oh! And I'd just love to know what you all think of Mrs. Muddle, too. Hugs!