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Thirteen adventures with Millicent Margaret Amanda including those in which she spends a penny, goes blackberrying, and makes a cosy....

Title : Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories
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ISBN : 9780141332697
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 159 Pages
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Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories Reviews

  • Cruth
    2019-05-16 22:45

    First published in 1928, this edition is a complete and unabridged reprint of the first edition. It includes a preface by author Shirley Hughes and a short biography of the author.I don't remember this book from my childhood. I don't know if I ever read it/was read to. But my Mother purchased it for my first daughter, and I read it aloud to her.She loved it.It became one of the first chapter books she confidently, and willingly, read alone. You can't fault that.Ten years later and I'm reading it aloud to the next child. And she's just as enthralled.There is an honesty and innocence to the stories. There isn't A Lesson to be taught. No Bad Guys, conflict, protagonists, sudden twists. M-M-M isn't naughty, her friends aren't bullies, she doesn't "make mistakes". The author isn't taking us on a Moral Journey. They are just stories of a little girl's life with her Mother and Father and Grandma and Grandpa and Aunty and Uncle, and her friends and neighbours. The stories may be old - pennies and frocks and pony-traps - but they hold up against the test of time. M-M-M does errands, earns pocket money, plays with her friends, goes blackberrying, willingly weeds the garden... All activities of children from every generation. M-M-M is simply a good little girl.They're the type of story my daughter would write - one day she got up, went to the shop, visited her friend, had a tea party, and went home, the end. A story meant for children. As an adult, I find them dull and tedious. I want the conflict and interest. I look for complexity in the story, language and plot. But it isn't there. And it isn't wanted by the child enjoying it.As a read-aloud book, the stories have a nice lyricism and joy. They are easy to read, and easy to follow. Each of the 13 chapters has a self-contained story leading cleanly into the next, a sweet continuity and progression without too much for the young listener to remember from one night to the next. The chapter/story lengths are easily digestible. And there is a scattering of simple, sweet pencil drawings to illustrate the text. The stories are calming and meditative - no action packed or heart wrenching tragedies just as we are heading to sleep! It is a perfect book to read aloud.Age (taking into account comprehension, concentration, language):Read aloud - 4+Read yourself - 7+

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-24 21:43

    I am reading this aloud to my five year old and we are both adoring it. The stories are simple and kind, dating from (and perhaps glorifying) a time when life seemed better and less complicated. It is a wonderful introduction to rural life in times past and a great before bed read for little ones who can handle more challenge than your average picture book

  • Katy Noyes
    2019-06-16 20:35

    Another classic that I bypassed in childhood, but unlike some, it stands the test of time for an adult reader. I decided to try it to see if I would read it with my son in the next year or two. Despite it being about a girl, and a girl many many decades past, I do think he'd quite enjoy the stories about Milly-Molly-Mandy.She's a fairly good little girl (she's no Horrid Henry), and has rather twee adventures (blackberry picking, earning money, running a shop), I really liked the writing style, and seeing the quaint language and references to pony and traps, old customs and behaviours. It felt nostalgic but I would enjoy talking to my son about times past with it.MMM is sweet and not overly so. Her family manages to be eccentric enough to be interesting. Her little village seems rather sleepy and quiet, where everyone knows everyone else.The illustrations are wonderful line drawings, and perfectly match the tone and style of the writing.Thoroughly enjoyed my short journey with Edwards, and will definitely try it with my son (currently 4) before long.

  • Rosemary
    2019-05-27 23:49

    A lovely trip down memory lane! I read (or was read) these stories as a child and loved them. Never seen them since but it all came flooding back, especially the parts with little friend Susan (who looked like my little friend age 6), and the booby rabbit. I remember the pictures better than the stories, probably due to my age at the time. I'd forgotten how virtuous Milly-Molly-Mandy is - all the parts about saving up her pennies to buy presents for her whole extended family must have gone in one ear and out the other. I certainly never did anything of the kind.Thanks to Sarah for bringing this to the meet for me!

  • ABC
    2019-05-30 17:33

    This delightful books takes us back in time to a British village. Milly-Molly-Mandy is a very proper and clever girl (almost too much so) who has a little adventure in every chapter. They aren't big adventures--little things like getting a prize at a party or going on a fishing trip, but they are cute. My five year old son seemed to like it, although he complained once that it was about a girl. I don't think this would be his first choice. He likes more masculine literature!

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-24 00:52

    Extremely charming! I haven't read all the stories yet but the ones I have read are filled with warmth, humor and a gentle understanding of children, imparting wisdom and empathy effortlessly and without being obnoxiously preachy. Though the village life is "old-fashioned" by today's standards, the children yearn to be independent as well as helpful, and I think this is timeless.

  • LIndsay
    2019-06-15 23:48

    The copy I bought for my girls was like the others on the list which are cream and candy pink and beautifully illustrated. What can I say. I want to live in a world where people are kind and considerate I want to live in a utopic society where people are fair and honest and grateful for the little they have.I want to live in Milly Moly Mandy land!!

  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    2019-06-08 16:47

    I felt like reading this children's classic again! I haven't read Milly-Molly-Mandy stories since I was very young - they were among my favourites. I adore the illustrations. I want to live in an attic and be able to buy a chick for a penny!

  • Nina
    2019-06-16 18:48

    Saya beruntung nemu buku tua ini di Jl Semarang di Surabaya. Isinya bagus, ilustrasinya juga oke. Ceritanya khas cerita anak zaman dulu. Doing chores, errands. Sepertinya anak zaman dulu mandiri, banyak kerjaan dan rajin.

  • Mo
    2019-05-29 21:50

    I loved these books when I was younger. Loved the map of the village inside the cover. Do little girls still read books like this I wonder.

  • Alex (PaperbackPiano)
    2019-06-01 00:49

    Every bit as charming as I remember it! I enjoyed these stories as a little girl and was able to take something different away from them as an adult. Milly Molly Mandy is the sweetest child and these stories are all simple, good old-fashioned fun. No big moral lessons, no preaching, just lovely children's stories exactly the way they should be.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-23 22:34

    This is a fun book that my girls love. I enjoy reading it except for the repeated use of “Milly-Molly-Mandy” instead of a pronoun. Some sections are more tongue-twister-like than others.

  • Kath Elizabeth
    2019-05-27 17:26

    An adorable, quaint little book. Brings back so many memories of childhood!

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-05-21 16:43

    I can't help but think of my mother as I close this book and put it away. Written back in the 1920's it's not entirely crazy to think she might have read this when small (she was born in 1930). The drawings make me picture her...she dressed much that way in old pictures. I think, living on the edge of a rural community, that perhaps her life might have been something like this.This is gentle storytelling at its best. No, there really isn't any conflict. The stories are really vignettes - peeks into life back in the late 1920s for this little girl and her family. The things that happen to her are probably things that happened to many little girls in many families just like that back then. I almost want to say that there's nothing special about these stories, but there is. This is a bright shining look at the past, about loving your family and living at peace with yourself, with your neighbors. About being considerate and doing for others.There's a hint of too much 'niceness' that harkens back to the old morality tales foisted on children in the 1800s - a sort of, do good and good things will follow. Thankfully there's none of the darkness - the disobedience of rules that ends in grave consequences. So if being 'nice' is a flaw, then so be it. Sometimes we need books that just...make you feel good to read them.Overall, I'm glad I picked this up and read it. This is a book I've seen bandied around the homeschooling world for awhile. While the overall pace of the book might be a bit slow for some children, I wouldn't hesitate to give this to a beginning reader to enjoy. Definitely five stars!

  • Kimberly Harris
    2019-06-13 20:39

    I read this about 4 years ago to Elena, and just finished reading it out loud to Elena (now ten) and Aria (just turned 6). I loved this book even more the second time around! And, after four more years of reading out loud to kids under my belt, I appreciate this book in a new way. First published at the end of the 1920's it has a fun historical setting of a close-knit family living together in a "nice white cottage with a thatched roof. The household includes Milly-Molly-Mandy, her father and mother, her grandmother and grandfather, and her aunt and her uncle. Each chapter is a stand-alone story, telling simple and child-friendly stories of birthday parties, going on errands, gardening, going to the sea, etc. I love these old fashioned stories because they are sweet, charming, and capture childhood so well. While Milly-Molly-Mandy is never described as being anything but lovely and perfect, she doesn't come across in a self-righteous way at all, but rather like a well loved and secure child in a loving family. Elena, who just remembered this story a little from before, really latched on to the friendships that Milly-Molly-Mandy had with "little friend Susan" and Billy Blunt. These are such calm stories they are good nighttime stories too. While they may not satisfy the readers that must always have a lot of conflict and tension in the story, I was pleased that even my 10-year-old loved these stories after reading a lot of very exciting literature. For those who loved the Betsy, Tacy, and Tib series, this book has a similar feel.

  • Christina
    2019-05-17 19:28

    Originally published in 1928, this is a collection of simple stories of a little girl living in a small village. My mother read this book when she was little. I remember her reading it to me when I was little and I thought it was the most boring book ever. Nothing ever seemed to happen, and I liked Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree books much better. Reading it as an adult, I found it refreshingly sweet and enjoyed the subtle historical details. I think as a child, there just wasn't enough conflict or excitement for my imaginative little soul. There seems to be a focus on including each of Milly Molly Mandy's extended family in a positive way in each story, which can be a bit redundant at times for a modern reader accustomed to how stories are paced now for short attention spans. They seem to eat a lot of bread and cheese, and hardly any fruits, vegetables or meat. And a lot of things seem to cost a penny. The book is illustrated, and in my Mom's edition, the illustrations were 3-color, adding red (and pink) to the black and white drawings by the author. The paperback I read just had black and white. But both had the map of the town at the front which both my mother and I loved as you can trace Milly Molly Mandy's "adventures."

  • Nichole
    2019-05-31 17:28

    My son and I read this book as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. These stories are a wonderful little window into life in the 1920s in a small English village. Reading these stories were like a breath of fresh air. The innocence and simplicity was very refreshing. They are a little difficult to read aloud. The phrasing is both old-fashion and British. I consider myself pretty good at reading aloud, but I did stumble over the phrasing more than few times. There is also a lot of repetitive phrases that can become tedious, but I think that is part of what keeps younger children able to listen with fewer pictures. The chapters can easily stand alone or be read in order. There is one large picture and two or three smaller pictures per chapter. Despite all of this, my son absolutely fell in love with Milly-Molly-Mandy, and so did I. When we finished the book, my son immediately told me I needed to find more Milly-Molly-Mandy stories for him!

  • Emily
    2019-05-20 22:26

    i chose to read this book because it fit into the catogory of a book written before 1950 and this book was written in 1925. i found this catogory intresting because the style of writing is very different to nowadays. my favourite quote is “But she went and fetched some marigolds from her own little garden, and put them in a vase on the chest of drawers, for she knew there was lots of room for love, even if there was not much for great-aunties.” i learned that this book is a very easy read and would be good for someone learning to read. my favourite character is Milly-Molly-Mandy because she is so sweet and shes always helping everyone.

  • Margaret Martin
    2019-06-03 18:39

    Lovely illustrations. A nice opportunity to discuss how technology and children's roles in the household have changed over time. And I'm sure this book is an enjoyable nostalgia trip for anyone who might have read this as a child. But as a narrative whole, this book is very repetitive and simple. I read this to my 6- and 8-year-olds, and even the younger one was eager to stop for the day after just one or two chapters. I am so glad to be done with this book so I never again have to read aloud the phrase "Milly Molly Mandy and father and mother and grandpa and grandma and Aunty and Uncle" - which occurs basically every other paragraph!

  • Emmie
    2019-06-16 16:54

    This book is full of short stories about Milly-Molly-Mandy. They are cute and fun for kids and my daughter seemed to enjoy listening to the tales. I personally do not care much for the book as I find it difficult to read out loud and some of the sentence structure is awkward because it is an older book. The kids also do things in the book that many kids today cannot do do to the nature of our society. Thankfully, I did not get asked about these things, which is likely why it is read in preschool. I cannot say I would recommend this book, but I would not discourage people from it. It's a "to each his own" type.I'm giving it 4 stars because my daughter liked it. For myself I'd say 3.

  • Cynthia Egbert
    2019-06-06 22:34

    Just the breath of fresh air that I needed in a tough week. This is quite British (the family lives in a white thatched-roof cottage) and completely delightful. I am now filled with nostalgia for things I have never known and I love that feeling. Milly-Molly-Mandy is a sweetheart of a little girl and her family is simply wonderful.

  • Tara Calaby
    2019-06-12 23:43

    The Milly Molly Mandy books are an absolute delight. Wonderful, wonderful old-fashioned tales that are just a treat to read. I loved them when I was little (they were like a literary cuddle when read aloud by my mother) and still love them now that I am significantly bigger.

  • Bethany
    2019-06-15 17:30


  • Rachel
    2019-05-16 23:32

    I read this to Titus for School time. He enjoyed it.

  • Beth
    2019-05-29 20:53

    Great re-aloud. The girls are loving this book.

  • Gypsyfly
    2019-05-18 18:44

    Great book for kids and mamas...little bit like living in a perfect past. Milly Molly Mandy is so well behaved :)...a mama can dream.

  • Aisha
    2019-06-03 23:26

    I enjoyed all of the stories. What would make it better is that some of the stories should refer to things in other stories in the same book.

  • Johanna Hanson
    2019-05-30 20:40

    Read this with Olivia and she loved it. Very gentle stories about a young girl in England. Charming.

  • Lydia Smith
    2019-05-31 22:41

    Depends which kid you ask how many stars. Savannah & Lesline love this book, Colton not so much.

  • Suanne Laqueur
    2019-06-13 21:50

    I accidentally found a kindred spirit. See, I was drafting a post about nursery supper (never mind, it will make sense later) and surfing doing a bit of online research about this and that...and I stumbled on a blog called Munchkin Mail. Normally I do not click on blogs with names like "Munchkin Mail" but in the Google search results this blog had the magic word combos, "nursery supper," "meal from childhood," "Children's books," and "baked potatoes."Hello, what's this?!I clicked and found an amazing post indeed titled "Nursery Supper" about the author coming home from a trip, needing to make something "comfortingly simple." She decided on a dish known in her house as "Milly Molly Mandy potatoes" because they are based on a meal from a children's book of the same name. They are nothing more than twice-baked potatoes, but the provenance of the potatoes coming from the story just made my heart sing. It embodied everything I strive for in an eats-reads connection, and it was exactly the kind of Nursery Supper example I was looking for. Not only did I make the potatoes tonight, but put the book on hold at the library because I simply have to read it now.More here: