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The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook (Milly-Molly-Mandy)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,515 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
The stories of Milly-Molly-Mandy and her family and friends have charmed generations of children since they first appeared in 1925. This collection of twenty-one classic tales about this resourceful and thoughtful little girl reflect with accuracy the dilemmas and challenges of a child's world. Young children today will love to hear how Milly-Molly-Mandy decides to spend h ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 15th 2001 by Kingfisher (first published 1928)
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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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, a
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 on ...more
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kindergarteners and up
Shelves: younger-kids
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!
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
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!
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
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.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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)
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.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sonlight
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.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Millicent Margaret Amanda was known as Milly-Molly-Mandy and her little friend Susan makes for adorable stories that I just loved.
☆ Kath Elizabeth ☆
An adorable, quaint little book. Brings back so many memories of childhood!
Kristine Hansen
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vintage, kids
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 i
Kimberly Harris
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-kids-4-6
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 mo
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
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 phr ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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 wo ...more
Margaret Martin
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books-read
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 th ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prospector-loans
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
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.
May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this to Titus for School time. He enjoyed it.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great re-aloud. The girls are loving this book.
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Read this with Olivia and she loved it. Very gentle stories about a young girl in England. Charming.
Lydia Smith
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, with-kids
Depends which kid you ask how many stars. Savannah & Lesline love this book, Colton not so much.
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The second of three daughters of George Brisley, a pharmacist, of Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, Brisley's sisters - Ethel Constance, the eldest, and Nina Kennard, the youngest - were also ill
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