Reviews for Mrs. Muddle's Holidays

Booklist Reviews 2008 May #1
The residents of Maple Street celebrate the usual holidays as well as more unusual ones, such as Pioneer Day and Patriots' Day. But after Mrs. Muddle moves to Maple Street, every day becomes a holiday. In the spring, she celebrates First Robin Day and First Shower of April. Then it's First Day of Summer, Watermelon Day, and the Garlic Jubilee. Through the fall and winter, Mrs. Muddle continues to find reasons to make each day special, and her neighbors, particularly the children, join the fun. The final surprise comes when Mrs. Muddle finds Maple Street's residents preparing for a holiday that's not on her own calendar: Mrs. Muddle Day. An author's note about holidays closes this cheery, lighthearted story about community and intergenerational friendships. 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. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2008 February #1
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) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 April

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

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