Love that line!


and greediness

are just diseases

like measles and

chickenpox and

can be cured

very easily.


Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
by Betty MacDonald


Until recently, I had forgotten this delightful book, a favorite from childhood. Published in 1947, it's a children's chapter book that is still relevant and entertaining. Penned by Betty MacDonald (who wrote for adults too), Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle features a wise and kind woman who lives in an upside-down house and provides cures for naughty boys and girls. She has many fixes, such as The Answer-Backer Cure, The-Never-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders Cure, and my favorite, The Radish Cure (for dirty children who won't bathe).

I've been on a book binge, racing through books I treasured as a youngster: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Anne of Green Gables, for example. Next up: Little House on the Prairie, and, The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew — remember that one?

What are your favorite books from childhood, and have you reread them as an adult?