Mrs. Gigglebelly Is Coming to Tea

Mrs. Gigglebelly Is Coming to Tea

by Donna Guthrie, Katy Keck Arnsteen

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PreS-K-- In this sweet fantasy, a small, fair-haired girl named Elizabeth Ann informs her mother that Mrs. Gigglebelly is coming for tea. Her mother, in the midst of spring cleaning, is dismayed, but each objection she raises is countered by her confident, determined daughter. Elizabeth Ann creates her tea party in the rose arbor, serving crackers, grape jelly, and lemonade. Mrs. Gigglebelly does appear, as the little girl knew she would, dressed in what looks remarkably like the front-hall tablecloth, curtain pulls, and lamp shade--and her mother's shoes. The story has an old-fashioned yet timeless feeling that conveys both the sense of a loving mother finding time for her child and the fun of an imaginary friend. The text is brief, primarily a dialogue between mother and daughter, and is illustrated with attractive watercolors. Lighthearted and sunny, they match the text well and give an orderly impression with pleasingly asymmetric touches. An enjoyable book, well suited for reading aloud to a single child or to small groups. --Cynthia Bishop, Onondaga County Public Library, Syracuse, NY

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