Have you read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle? This is a Sonlight book for Core B. We aren’t using Sonlight this year, but I love many of their book choices and so this made it onto our reading list this year. This is one of those books that I waver between doing as a read-aloud or leaving it for Skeeterbug to read himself. In the end I chose to do it as a read-aloud because I knew it would be a fast one, and fun to read.
I didn’t think I had ever read this before, but it seemed vaguely familiar. When we got to the chapter on the Radish Cure I knew that I must have read it many years ago. In this chapter a girl named Patsy refuses to bathe. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle suggests the Radish Cure to Patsy’s parents as a way to get Patsy to take a bath. After weeks of not bathing, when Patsy has a good layer of dirt all over her, Patsy’s parents plant radish seeds on her arms, hands, and face while she is asleep. Days later the radishes begin to sprout and Patsy is suddenly ready to bathe again. My skin crawled when I read this and I suddenly knew that I had read this as a kid, I distinctly remember imagining how it would feel to pick tiny radishes from my skin.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has creative cures for all childhood diseases, including the Never-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders Cure and the Won’t-Pick-Up-Toys Cure. Skeeterbug enjoyed the Fighter-Quarrelers Cure the most, as it involved very silly behaviour on the part of the parents. I’m tempted to order the rest of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, there are three more in the series.
Please note: I was not given this book to review, nor am I receiving any compensation for this review. I purchased this book and all opinions expressed in this post are mine. 🙂