A Funny and Useful Read Aloud for Kids

We usually have a read aloud chapter book going in addition to reading picture books.  I think it’s good for the kids’ attention spans and they like a longer more involved story sometimes.  Recently we read a fantastic book that not only made us laugh but also helped our character studies.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a book of stories about a lady who loves children and knows all sorts of interesting ways to break them of their bad habits.  Distraught mothers from all over town call Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for advice about their child who is an answer-backer, or a slow-eater-tiny-bite-taker, or a fighter-quarreler or whatnot, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle dispenses a cure.  The cures are mostly inventive ways of showing the child what he or she is doing, and then helping him or her make a different, positive habit to replace the bad habit.

As we read the stories, we found a lot of applications for our own little bad habits.  One day when I was really at the end of my rope over some recurring bad behavior I said, “I just don’t know what to do with you guys!” and Jack said, “I think you should call Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.”

Although some of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s cures are unlikely, I like the idea of the kids hearing about a behavior that isn’t right, seeing the parent’s perspective, then understanding how the kids overcame the problem.  I don’t think you can read TOO much into this book – it’s very lighthearted and funny – but it did give us some good conversation topics along the way and I’d recommend it as a good read aloud for little ones.

I’m linking up this post at Read Aloud Thursday on Hope is the Word.  Be sure to check over there for more great ideas!

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12 thoughts on “A Funny and Useful Read Aloud for Kids

  1. Ah, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle! It has been a couple of years since we first read it; in fact, it might just be time to revisit it. I’m sure my girls would enjoy it even more now that they’re a little older. Here’s my review, if you’re interested in reading it —> http://www.hopeisthewordblog.com/2009/02/10/mrs-piggle-wiggle/

    I’m so glad you linked up to RAT today! 🙂
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  2. I LOVED Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as a kid and have given her books (did you know there were quite a few?) to nieces and children’s friends quite often. I was surprised to read that Sarah enjoyed it too – I’ll have to try it soon with Lucy Bea, who’s about the same age (although maybe it helps a 2-year old to have older siblings listening attentively?).

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