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Ms. Piggle-Wiggle's left her upside-down town house and has moved to a farm in the country. With the help of her cows and pigs and horses, she's still curing girls and boys of their bad habits. So whatever the problem-from pet forgetter-itis to fraidycat-ness-the parents all exclaim, "Better call Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle!"...

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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm Reviews

  • Lynn
    2018-11-25 12:44

    This past weekend, my husband and I had a major household project. For the past twenty-plus years, we'd slept on a mattress placed on a wooden platform which the previous owners of our home had constructed in our bedroom. We'd not had the inclination before to dismantle it, but when our mattress began causing my back too much pain, we decided to buy a real bed and take the platform down on Memorial Day weekend. So we did.Part of the platform was a wooden shelf right behind the bed, where we'd put books and a table lamp and papers and things. Unfortunately, there was a crack between the shelf and the wall, and sometimes things would fall down inside there. We actually bore a hole in there to retrieve them, but sometimes we couldn't be bothered. There is a point to all this; bear with me.So when we took the shelf down, we were greeted with a half inch of dust and some papers and things which we'd forgotten about. Among everything was the local library copy of MRS. PIGGLE-WIGGLE'S FARM, which I'd taken out in December of 1992. Now I remember paying the fine for a lost book, but not actually losing it.Confession: I wish I could say I got this out for my daughter, but she was eleven months old at the time. It was for ME! Yes, I still read children's books! And enjoy them!Actually, this was one I'd not read as a child. It was entertaining. I love the way MacDonald describes adults: as rather clueless, misguided morons. The kids, even when they're being broken of horrible habits, are the heroes. Of course, there's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, but she seems as if she never completely grew up herself. That's the appeal of the stories.Not the best of the series, but entertaining, and much better than the effort from 2007, which is best ignored.Oh, and we love the new bed, too.

  • Emily
    2018-12-09 12:00

    Oh what a broad range of reaction is to be found in a three star review. A casual observer might think that I liked the first three Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books equally. How wrong that observer would be. The first one was squarely in the middle of the spectrum. Truly, I "liked it", no more no less. The second one was a high three. I quite enjoyed reading it aloud, but as it isn't something I would ever pick up and reread to myself for pleasure, it couldn't quite make the leap across the 4-star divide. This one, sadly, is a low three. Only the fact that my son was still as enthusiastic as ever about the series during the course of the book has saved it from the ignominy of a two.As a few other reviewers have noted, this book, while as long as the others, only has five chapters whereas the others have eight, suggesting that Betty MacDonald was running out of ideas and stretching those that she had thin, and adding lots of padding. In the first chapter, about Mrs. Harroway and her story-telling son, the book opens with ten pages of Mrs. Harroway gardening, being excited and nervous about an invitation to join an exclusive ladies club, and then going to her first luncheon with the club all got out in her pink gloves, only to have the lunch turn into a social disaster. My son got restless. So did I.Also, in this book, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has moved out into the country and is living on a farm. This means that in every case, the cure consists simply of sending each child to live with her, for as long as a month. Although there is a certain charm to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's barn yard menagerie, this made the book even more repetitive than its predecessors. The wholesome chores and matter of fact country living work wonders on neurotic children, à la Understood Betsy. I hope that in the next book she is back in her upside down house.

  • Shawn Thrasher
    2018-11-20 14:55

    I sat down and read all four Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books in one fell 2 day or so swoop. Take aways: 1. All the children in Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle grew up to be hippies, went to Vietnam, danced disco, got rich in the 1980s, went through tech bubbles and real estate booms, and now are retiring en mass. 2. Hilary Knight and Maurice Sendak are equally good illustrators, and their envisioning of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle herself are totally different, but both versions smell like gingerbread and are very huggable. 3. There were no children of color in any of the Piggle-Wiggle books, which bothered me now, and did not bother me when I was 8. 4. Betty MacDonald must have a shit ton of fun coming up with all of these names; some are pure baby boomer (Molly, Susan, Linda, Dick) and some are just delightful (Fetlock, Percy Penzil, Morton Heatherwick).

  • Dolly
    2018-11-27 08:48

    I have heard of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle , but we'd never read any of the books in this series before. When I saw this audio CD, I thought it might be a good one to listen to, even though I was pretty sure it was not the first book in the series. As I started to post my review here, I see that it's the third book in the series, but we had no difficulties understanding the context of the story and we enjoyed listening to the different stories about the hard-to-manage children. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle approaches each child with just the right attitude and puts them to work in such a way that they are able to overcome fears or break out of bad habits. The confidence they gain on her farm goes a long way toward making them more responsible and mature. Overall, it's a fun collection of short stories/chapters and we enjoyed listening to Karen White narrate the book during our long drive. I suppose, though, that I should read the first book in the series so I can more fully appreciate Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's eccentricity.

  • Becky
    2018-11-22 08:04

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the original "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle," although my six-year-old seemed to like it well enough. What started off as a clever gimmick in the first book kind of gets old in the subsequent books. It doesn't help that MacDonald also lengthened the chapters in her subsequent books without really adding any substance -- you can tell she was just trying to stretch sparse ideas into enough material to make a book. In this one, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, the woman who knows everything about children and can cure all their bad habits (ie. forgetting to feed pets, taking stuff apart but not fixing it, etc.), moves from town to a farm, and the children she cures go to stay with her on her farm. Her cures all revolve around taking care of farm animals and the like.

  • Cami
    2018-12-15 09:08

    These are not a joy for parents to read.I cringe the entire time because each child's issue to correct seems taken directly from my parenting life or from that of one of my friends. It's the same reason I hate watching those nanny shows on TV. I get no pleasure from watching other people mess up their children and why would I want to watch someone else's children behaving badly?Anyway, my children think the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books are delightful. They also like that she never gets mad, never yells, never thinks badly of the children who do wrong and is always happy to rear up a child in they way he should have gone if his parents hadn't gotten in the way first.

  • Catherine Mcclarin
    2018-12-03 13:07

    Of all the books I read as a child, this series stands out as the best!

  • Helena Sorensen
    2018-12-04 09:49

    Betty MacDonald. That's all I have to say.

  • Marya
    2018-12-13 10:12

    These books have a surprising amount of snark in them for the adult reader. The mothers are shown as busybodies with nothing to do beyond child-rearing (which, being in a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle story, they are not succeeding at), except to make "snacks" for their luncheons at various "societies". That the snacks seem to include vile combinations of just about everything except the kitchen sink, and the societies seem to exist merely to host these luncheons. Dads don't get off the hook either. Most of them are hopelessly clueless, and a few are shown to be bigger babies than their problematic children. It's funny to see the puzzled looks on the faces of younger readers- they instinctively know something's off, but as they missed the 50s, they can't figure it out. This collection includes the tale of a little boy who keeps taking things apart without ever learning how to put things back together. I loved that story as a child, and I am surprised to find I still do - adult snark included.

  • Blue
    2018-12-15 08:57

    This book got back to more realistic cures, but the farm is out of the neighborhood so it is more like a summer camp for one child at a time. Given that the parents mostly do not seem to know Mrs. Piggle Wiggle well I find leaving children with her particularly odd. I think I liked these books far more as a child and while they would probably be fun to read as a parent aloud to children who keep picking garbage books, as the better ones of the series almost seem to be more for parents to know they are not alone, as a book read alone as an adult they fell short of my recollections.

  • Kelsey
    2018-11-28 10:45

    It seems like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle doesn't actually do anything in this one; the kids are just cured because they get out of their house and spend time on her farm. No magic is involved (like in the last one). There aren't as many stories as in the first two books, and since there are no clever or magical cures it's a duller read.In one of the stories, the dad literally says he's going to beat his son with a razor strap. Mom vetoes that. Dads are generally pretty useless in the MPW books.

  • Marissa
    2018-12-13 14:57

    I liked this one better than the first because we got to see Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle more! Evie loved the stories and I didn’t find the children’s habits in this one to be quite as annoying 😜

  • Shannon
    2018-12-02 14:05

    I love this series as much as an adult as I did as a kid...maybe more now that I have kids!

  • Pamela
    2018-12-01 08:11

    Audiobook. This is my second favorite in this series. It was fun to hear the creative ways Mrs Piggle Wiggle cured the kids while the helped on her farm.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-18 15:47

    Clara and I loved these stories. It was fun to read a story that mentioned "Georgie" and "Betty" too.

  • Danielle
    2018-12-05 10:05

    I have listened to this audio book about 5 times now and I think Betty MacDonald is trolling me from the grave.

  • Karen
    2018-11-24 10:13

    Listened to the audio in the car and loved this as much as the first one!..krb 6/19/17

  • Faith
    2018-11-18 10:52

    This was a fun book to read, my kids enjoyed this one a lot.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-18 09:57

    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm is a bit of an odd Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book, in that it’s not at all like Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle or Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic, but it’s also not like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, either.Basically, Farm doesn’t have either the magical cures present in Hello or Magic, or the slightly-more-realistic parenting techniques of the first book. In fact, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle doesn’t even seem to do much in this book, beyond providing a little bit of discipline and a farm where the kids can get rid of their behavioral problems through hard work.Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle doesn’t give any advice in this book, nor does she dispense any cures. All she does is invite the child into her home, give them chores to do, and lets the circumstances of farm work cure them of bad habits. A kid who forgets to feed her pets? Take her to a farm where the cost of not feeding pets is much higher. A “scaredy-cat”? Take her to a farm where scary things are everywhere and add in enough danger that she has to act despite her fear. The cures of this book are much more plot- and situational-based than the previous ones; MacDonald has never shown herself more so than in this book, where she uses Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle as a thin veneer to cover up her own ideas.I actually like the idea that responsibility and hard work will cure a lot of bad behavior, but after one book of modestly realistic cures and two books of magical cures, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm stands out as the forgettable, weak link of the book—which is a shame, because I feel as if the cures in this book are perhaps the most realistic of them all.Also, as a side note, the names of the parents in these book, especially the husbands, are hysterical. I lost it at “Hearthrug Phillips.” I also enjoyed MacDonald’s subtle tongue-in-cheek commentary of ladies’ societies and the food they serve.I’ve enjoyed reading this book series again, and I may even pick up the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle book I’ve never read, just to see if it has the same “feel” as these.

  • Ginny
    2018-11-24 10:00

    Just as much fun today as it was in my childhood. Love Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. However, probably the weakest in the series.

  • Millboar
    2018-12-05 12:03

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is a nice old lady who cures the faults of almost every child in her town. It starts with the child driving his [or her] parents crazy. They then take drastic measures and send their children to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle handles any sort of fault. From fraidy-cats to liars she will get the job done. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle uses very humane techniques to cure her “patients”. For example, if she was trying to cure a child who loves to destroy things she would make their life miserable by using their actions against them. Of course if you are a fraidy-cat she will make something so scary but urgent that you will be cured forever. In a way she is sort of a psychologist, using your faults against you. Why use violence when you have Mrs. Piggle Wiggle? Betty MacDonald is the author of the popular kid series, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. She combines fair writing with humor making an irresistible combination. Each book comes with four or five separate stories. That means no more worrying about if you like the book. You can always skip a story.

  • Shana
    2018-11-19 09:55

    I finished reading this to my second-graders this week. I'd forgotten how much fun it is. When I was a little girl, my dad had the whole series of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books at his apartment for when we came to visit him. I read them all several times. Not only does she have the best "cures" (read: sensible child-rearing skills) for disobedient children, but the names of the characters are just fantastic: the father of the little boy from the last story in the book was named Hearthrug. Imagine hollering that down the stairs: "Hearthrug! It's your turn to take out the garbage!" Pure bliss. For the most part the kids in my class seemed to enjoy the book. Sadly, the stories can tend to blend together when read one on top of the other and a few of them were clearly getting antsy. But several were definitely hanging on every word, laughing at the jokes, and genuinely enjoying themselves. It makes losing my voice doing funny sound effects totally worth it.

  • Emily
    2018-11-24 11:06

    We just finished reading this aloud and near the end, it was almost too painful for me to read some of the long descriptions. The scene with the forgetful boy who never completes an errand for his mother and gets sidetracked multiple times in daydream on the foot of the stairs or lolling out the window, gawking at the neighbors' goings-on. It was all too reminiscent of my girls staring out the bathroom window in a daze, while standing on the potty stool with little backsides drying in the breeze.Or the child who keeps taking apart his parents' appliances, leaving the dismembered parts strewn across their shelving space. Insanity, and a little too close to reality.I had to skip through a few of the sections as I felt a strangled scream rising with the sickly familiar scenarios. Oh, where is Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, when a parent needs her in real life?!

  • WreckThatMargin
    2018-11-24 15:13

    Ugh! What a boring children's book! My kids got bored with it pretty quickly, and so did I. The language was too unnecessarily drawn out with dull details for a children's book in my opinion. Seriously, who cares that the kid's mom's friends were all wearing at the fancy party where they made the mom feel left out and the gossip of the town. Sheesh, whoever was supposed to edit this book did not consider the fact that the book was meant for children and not housewives. For a book with talking animals and a farm of magic, there sure is no fun to be had here.In honesty my children and I never made it to the final chapter. I decided I was not going to force my kids through a book that none of us were enjoying. Next!

  • Caterpickles
    2018-12-17 15:50

    At the height of the summer, The Eight-Year-Old discovered Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle in a used book store near Canandaigua Lake, New York. For those of you not familiar with the series, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle specializes in magically silly cures for Answer-Backers, Never-Want-to-Go-to-Bedders, and bored children afflicted with a terrible case of the dreaded Waddle-I-Do disease. I loved the books as a child, and it was great fun to hear The Eight-Year-Old chortle her way through them too.Review originally posted on my blog Caterpickles.

  • Stacy Thomas
    2018-12-16 15:03

    The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books are my favorite series for a slightly older childrens audience (ages 6 to 10). I say this; however, I still read them myself. I have fond memories of my mom reading these stories to me everynight: The first night we would read up until Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was called; the second night we would read about the cure.This particular book is not a favorite of mine from the series. I don't really remember reading the stories in it more than once. Still a good book to have; however, in comarison to the others in the series, it is not as good.I also own The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Treasury in hardcover; however, this book is not included in that collection.

  • Rainier
    2018-11-21 11:55

    This book is about Mrs. Piggle Wiggle on a farm. There weren't any cures like magic potions or magic powders, but there was a fraidy-cat cure, and there was a cure for destructiveness, and there was also one for a can't find it cure. And there was also a not-truthful cure, then there was the pet-forgetter. This is all the cures in the book. My favorite cure was the destructiveness cure, it was because a boy destructed everything and then he got cured of it. He went to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's farm and he fixed things instead of take them apart and forget about it. I would recommend this book to people with bad manners and everybody.

  • Sheri S.
    2018-12-13 13:02

    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle moved out of the city into the country and is up to her usual activity of curing children of unwanted behaviors. Instead of magical potions, she uses behavioral tactics to change her younglings' behaviors. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle helps a scaredy cat girl, a boy who disassembles everything as well as other children with poor habits. Once again, each child possesses an amusing name, if not their first name then their surname...but, who knows?...maybe "Enterprise" will make a resurgence as a first name... :)Of the four Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, I think I enjoyed this one as much as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's birthday. The change of setting was particularly appreciated.

  • Ms. Sweeney
    2018-11-25 15:48

    Kids with less than desirable social traits (lying, bragging, neglecting animals) go to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle when their parents are at their wits end and can't think of what else to do with them. They are always led, through their own actions and in a humorous manner, to change their ways.The Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books are some of the few that my son requests to hear repeated reading of. He likes to compare himself to the characters and when he seems somebody acting in away that he sees as less than desirable sometimes he says "they need a trip to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle".

  • Rebecca
    2018-12-11 08:58

    After re-reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle the first to my daughter, we really wanted more of her. This was so TERRIBLY written and so unlike the first one that I am gnashing my teeth at having picked it up and destroying the shiny facade that was Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.Granted, it is the fourth book, and not the second in the series... perhaps by the fourth she really ran out of steam and the second and third are just as lovely. Alas, I don't dare attempt them. I want only the original in my memory.If you have any affection for Mrs. P-W, do not seek for more.