Mrs. Muddle's Holidays

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Katie’s neighbor Mrs. Muddle declares more holidays than anyone else, and she celebrates them in style. In March, she makes peanut-butter-and-birdseed cookies for the birds to enjoy on First Robin Day. The next month, she and Katie dance in the rain during First Shower of April. As the year goes on, Mrs. Muddle creates a unique holiday for each month, and all of Katie’s friends get in on the fun. Then Katie comes up with a special holiday of her own, and Mrs. Muddle Day is the ...

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Overview

Katie’s neighbor Mrs. Muddle declares more holidays than anyone else, and she celebrates them in style. In March, she makes peanut-butter-and-birdseed cookies for the birds to enjoy on First Robin Day. The next month, she and Katie dance in the rain during First Shower of April. As the year goes on, Mrs. Muddle creates a unique holiday for each month, and all of Katie’s friends get in on the fun. Then Katie comes up with a special holiday of her own, and Mrs. Muddle Day is the biggest celebration her neighborhood has ever seen!

The particular joys of each season are brought to life in lively, entertaining watercolor-and-ink illustrations by Thomas F. Yezerski.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A holiday winner . . .Yezerski's pen-and-ink watercolors are bright, warm and festive. This is perfect for every collection." —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"Children of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds are depicted in this wonderful story of friendship and fellowship. It will make a great read-aloud any time of the year and will encourage children to create their own special occasions."—School Library Journal

"The text is perfectly paced for reading aloud, but the book will work best in small groups, which will allow close-up views of Yezerski's ink-and-watercolor drawings of energetic, gray-haired party-animal Mrs. Muddle and the warmth and whimsical details that make her celebrations so joyful."

—Booklist

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Katie is sure that her neighbors on Maple Street celebrate all of the yearly holidays in the usual ways. Then Mrs. Muddle moves into the neighborhood, and she soon has the children observing many unusual holidays. With the arrival of the first robin in March, Katie helps Mrs. Muddle bake peanut-butter-and-birdseed cookies. In April, on the day of that month's first rain shower, Katie and Alicia join Mrs. Muddle in umbrella dances. Katie and her friends become part of Mrs. Muddle's observance of "Earthworm Appreciation Day" in May. And so it goes throughout the remainder of the year with "Garlic Jubilee" in August, "First Fire of Fall" in October and "Ice Spectacle" in January. The children want to thank Mrs. Muddle for all the fun she has provided, so they come up with a plan to surprise her. One day in late June, everyone begins preparing for a party. Confused Mrs. Muddle is sure there is no holiday on this particular day. How pleased she is when the boys and girls announce that the celebration is "Mrs. Muddle Day" to honor her! Beautifully executed watercolor with pen-and-ink illustrations perfectly compliment the story and add to the fun. Whether used in a group setting or individually, this is sure to be a big hit and belongs on the first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3- Katie lives in a multicultural neighborhood that celebrates every holiday on the calendar. When she finds her new neighbor decorating her trees and bushes with pieces of yarn one day in March, she is puzzled. "It's First Robin Day," replies Mrs. Muddle, "so I'm welcoming the birds back. The yarn is for their nests." In the following months, Mrs. Muddle invites the local children to help her commemorate the "First Shower of April," "Earthworm Appreciation Day," "the Birthday of the Inventor of the Roller Skate," and other made-up commemorations. Before the year is out, everyone on Maple Street has embraced her fanciful festivities. Now it's Katie's turn to invent a new celebration. With the help of the entire community, she declares the second Tuesday after the first full moon after the summer solstice as Mrs. Muddle Day-the biggest and best celebration of all. Yezerski's colorful pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations perfectly match Nielsen's cheery text. Children of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds are depicted in this wonderful story of friendship and fellowship. It will make a great read-aloud any time of year and encourage children to create their own special occasions.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Katie is sure her neighbors on Maple Street celebrate every holiday in existence, from Ramadan to Pioneer Day, until Mrs. Muddle moves in. One March day, Katie finds Mrs. Muddle hanging yarn from a tree in celebration of the appearance of the first robin, and Katie asks if she can help. Mrs. Muddle introduces Katie and an ever more multicultural group of friends to a new holiday each month, from Earth Worm Appreciation Day in May to Let's Pretend It's Summer Day the following February. After a year, the kids are looking forward to a second year of Mrs. Muddle's holidays, but Katie gets the whole neighborhood to surprise Mrs. Muddle with a holiday of her own. Nielsen's maiden voyage is a holiday winner, and Yezerski's pen-and-ink watercolors are bright, warm and festive. This is perfect for every collection, especially those serving elementary schools. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374350949
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 407,027
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.07 (w) x 10.85 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURA F. NIELSEN lives in McLean, Virginia. This is her second book for children. THOMAS F. YEZERSKI has illustrated several picture books and early readers, including The Winner’s Walk by Nancy Ruth Patterson. He lives in Rutherford, New Jersey.

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