Thursday, May 13, 2010
Milly-Molly-Mandy (short for Millicent Margaret Amanda) finds joy in serving and helping others. You will meet and come to love her family and friends in these pages. Her efforts don't always go according to plan but that adds some "giggle moments" to the story that will surely entertain young audiences. It's a wonderful family read-aloud but I have often caught my older kids re-reading it themselves. And don't assume that only little girls will like the stories; my boys were just as enthralled as my girls!
The 75th Anniversary Edition published by Kingfisher (available used through Barnes and Noble) includes 9 adventures in the life of Milly-Molly-Mandy. Her first escapade involves running errands for her parents, aunt & uncle and grandparents. Some of the later stories detail her experiences gardening, tending a shop for a friend, visiting the sea, "sledging" and carol-singing. There are a variety of reprinted editons also available through Amazon.
Chelle, the owner of the blog, Last in Line... has a marvelous lapbook that coordinate with this book. Pages within her download include the book characters to color, a map of the town, cards for a matching activity, copywork and narration sheets as well as several scenes from the book to color. Pick and choose from the activities or assemble the coloring pages into a folder for your own customized coloring book. This is a wonderful way to keep younger ones occupied while you read the storybook aloud.
I hope you will take the time to meet Milly-Molly-Mandy. If you are a parent, grandparent, or teacher, you can introduce the children in your life to this wonderful little girl living a fun and care-free childhood without the need for Facebook, e-mail, TV or video games! Just the beautiful innocence of family and village life.
I'd love to hear what you think of her--please come back and leave a comment.