Mrs. Murphy's Marvelous Mansionby Emma Roberts
"Mrs. Murphy lived on a very fine street, in a very fine neighborhood, in a very fine town. She was a very fine person.
Mrs. Murphy's neighbors see her unusual little home as a blemish in their nearly perfect neighborhood. But an invitation for them to visit leads to unexpected changes of heart as they learn the error of making judgments based on outer appearances.
"Mrs. Murphy lived on a very fine street, in a very fine neighborhood, in a very fine town. She was a very fine person. When Mrs. Murphy took her dog, Pickles, out for a walk she would greet everyone with a smile and say, "Have a very fine day!"
The neighbors always watched with amazement when Mrs. Murphy returned from her walk and entered her house. It looked so small they wondered how she could move around once she got through the door. They did not like the strange little house. In fact, they tried to pretend it wasn't there at all."
Find out what happens as Mrs. Murphy's neighbors struggle to win The Very Finest Neighborhood Contest with this eyesore of a dwelling situated in the middle of the their block. In the end realizing that; "It is a very fine day indeed, when we learn that beauty on the inside is more important than beauty on the outside."
- Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Incorporated
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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There is a Very Finest Neighborhood Contest coming up that the citizens of Mrs. Murphy¿s community hope to win! After all, isn¿t their neighborhood the most perfect neighborhood of all? As soon as word of the contest spread, the people gathered to chat about the many novel ideas they could come up with to beautify their street and win the prize. During their conversations, they decided to make certain additions, such as: a large welcome sign, new lamp posts, trees, flowers, park benches, a fountain and perhaps even a statue in the circle. As they stood about making their grand plans (with great confidence too), Mrs. Murphy opened the door of her tiny, and quite peculiar looking, little house to walk her dog (Pickles). Suddenly, all the planning came to a screeching halt! They had forgotten about Mrs. Murphy¿s house. ..................... Now, of course, Mrs. Murphy is a pleasant enough person, but the neighbors knew they would never win this contest with HER house in THEIR neighborhood. It must be pointed out here that none of them had ever been INSIDE Mrs. Murphy¿s tiny and peculiar looking house, but they certainly knew what it would look like on the inside because they could judge THAT by the outside. Isn¿t that right? Can¿t the inside be judged by what the outside looks like? ..................... Come along and laugh with a delighted Mrs. Murphy as she gently turns the tables on these fine folks by inviting them to lunch INSIDE her house. Cheer with her as she politely (if maybe a bit gleefully) leads them from one grand room to another, as the house seems to grow before their very eyes! By the time the tour and lunch is over, the neighbors fully understand that it is not what something (or someone) looks like on the OUTSIDE that counts. It is the surprises held on the INSIDE that makes all the difference. .................... ***** As parents, don¿t we all want our children to accept people by their characters (insides) instead of their outward appearances? If that is indeed the case, then Mrs. Murphy¿s Marvelous Mansion is an extraordinary tool and even the youngest child will grasp its lessons. The illustrations are whimsical and filled with bold color, but they also hold many tiny surprises for children to search out ¿ which only adds to my excitement about this book. I truly enjoyed every word! This is exactly what I have come to expect from Illumination Arts Publishing. *****