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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #3)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  7,792 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
The incomparable Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves children good or bad and never scolds but has positive cures for Answer-Backers, Never-Want-to-Go-to-Bedders, and other boys and girls with strange habits. ‘[Now] in paperback . . . for a new generation of children to enjoy.’ —San Francisco Examiner Chronicle.
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published January 1st 1954 by HarperCollins
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May 28, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: satire, children-s
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 pu
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 divid ...more
May 24, 2016 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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 approa
Jan 06, 2009 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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 everyth ...more
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 ye
Catherine Mcclarin
Of all the books I read as a child, this series stands out as the best!
Helena Sorensen
Mar 12, 2015 Helena Sorensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Betty MacDonald. That's all I have to say.
Sheri Struk
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 resurgen
Jan 12, 2015 WreckThatMargin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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 an
Jul 21, 2011 Millboar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 thei
Apr 10, 2008 Shana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 hol ...more
Aug 12, 2009 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Prater
Mar 03, 2015 Nancy Prater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cute, but a little less entertaining than some of the other piggle wiggle stories. I liked that she solves problems with work that is significant on the farm, but I don't like that the kids leave their families.
Cheryl Nelson ball
It was cute and my nine year old enjoyed, but there were several references where husbands were disrespectful to their wives. Its a very pre-feminism book. Other than that, cute stories, anecdotes, and characters.
Stacy Thomas
Aug 21, 2008 Stacy Thomas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stacy
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; h
My boys thought this was great but I wasn't as impressed. I didn't like how the adults (besides Mrs. Piggle wiggle) were portrayed. Especially the fathers.
Julia Lundman
Aug 30, 2015 Julia Lundman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read all of these books as a kid, maybe around aged 10. They amused me and inspired me to draw. Great books, age appropriate for 4th graders.
Nov 04, 2013 Rainier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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 a ...more
Chrissy Hunger
Nov 24, 2015 Chrissy Hunger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite books to read as I was growing up. I was able to read it myself and the content was funny and relatable.
Kymm Zuckert
Not sure if this is a re-read or not, the stories don't seem familiar, but how could I not have read them? Definitely not as good as the first two, though.
I was surprised by how much my three-year-old liked these since they are fairly long chapters and complex stories.
Stacey Williams
Read this book with my 2nd grader over spring break. It's fun reading books I read as I child with her.
Aug 25, 2014 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read with Emma: I forgot how absolutely wonderful these stories are, must buy!
Ms. Sweeney
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
Sep 12, 2008 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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
Jul 22, 2016 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not as involved and in detail as other books in her series.
May 05, 2015 Ellie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I think it was OK but not not as good as the 1st one.
Gracie Camp
Jan 09, 2015 Gracie Camp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom read this book aloud to me when I was little and I enjoyed it just as much now as I did then.
Jan 05, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, own, read-aloud
Actually my least favorite of the series. I've never read this one before, it's not in my Treasury omnibus, and the illustrations are by Maurice Sendak, which is not an improvement, frankly. I love the clever solutions that Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle always has for children's bad habits, but here the only cure seems to be . . . working on her farm. It's certainly fitting for the little girl who forgets to take care of her pets, but not as much for the others. Still, the kids were charmed and it's, well, ...more
Phoebe Baker
From childhood. Sharing grand kids
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The first book written by Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I , rocketed to the top of the national bestseller list in 1945. Translations followed in more than 30 languages, along with a series of popular movies. In the wake of World War II, the hilarious accounts of MacDonald's adventures as a backwoods farmer's wife in Chimacum Valley were a breath of fresh air for readers around the world. On the n ...more
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