It’s Children’s Book week this week. And I thought what better way to celebrate than to share our favorite Children’s Books. I would love for you to share your favorite Children’s Books in the comments section of this post. Please note there seems to be a huge space between the last two paragraphs on this post. I’ve tried to fix it but nothing’s working. So, you may need to scroll down a bit to get to the happy ending.
At the top of my list (forever) is Linda Smith and Marla Frazee’s Mrs. Biddlebox HER BAD DAY… and WHAT SHE DID ABOUT IT! When I opened this beautiful book the first illustration made me cry. Mrs. Biddlebox is in bed in a funk. It reminded me of my mother and how her days are all funks. In this little story at least Mrs. Biddlebox has the power to change her horrible day.
This is the story of a woman who wakes-up, as we sometimes do, on the wrong side of the bed. She is in a terrible funk. Now, whether it is because she lives on a grubby little hill or the birdies were giving her a headache or because she has a belly full of grumblies and her crumpets are hard to chew is never revealed. Because right in the middle of her serious funk Mrs. Biddlebox has a brilliant idea! She says,
I will cook this rotten morning!
I will turn it into cake!
I will fire up my oven!
I will set this day to bake!
And so she gets busy with her pot and broom, trompes out to morning to gather up the gloom. She snatches up a patch of grubby lawn, scuffles with the dirt, plucks a filthy shadow from the folds of her old skirt. (they hide there don’tcha know)
When the fog gives her the whiffles, she stabs the dreary lot with her broomstick and twirls it like spaghetti! She hooks a ray of sun, rolls up the darkened sky and adds them to the pot. Now the pot was overflowing with that despicable bad day.
She whips, whisks, and beats it, she rolls it out flat, she laughs gleefully as her hands go, pat-pat-pat. When the finished dough rises fat and light she stomps it into a tin with witchery delight.
And this is when her bad day begins to turn around. Her day is baking merrily, oh the spicy heat! Mrs. Biddlebox just can’t deny it’s turning out quite sweet!
She pours a cup of lovely tea
She set a pretty plate
She cut a merry slice of cake
Now with her belly full of crumblies she pulls her night-cap tight throws the door wide open and welcomes in the night. On her grubby little hill, in her cozy little heap, Mrs. Biddlebox rolls over, closes her eyes and goes to sleep.
The happy ending.
This is the autograph Marla drew for me on my copy of Mrs. Biddlebox. I met her at an SCBWI conference in Los Angeles a few years ago. As we were talking I didn’t notice she was drawing. But was delighted beyond words at what she’d drew.
Isn’t that cute!
The positive message in this beautiful story will empower its little readers to know that even though they may be having a bad day, they CAN do something about it. (WordPress is acting really WEIRD today!)