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The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook


4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,860 ratings  ·  169 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 ...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
Madeline O'Rourke
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unhauled, classics
I've owned Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories for as I long as I can remember, but don't really have any strong memories of it from when I was a child. Like I know I had it, but I don't treasure it the way I do other books. I wanted to give this a re-read though before donating it, and I'm so glad I did. The characters, the little town, the slice-of-life storylines; it all makes for such a sweet collection. And the illustrations are beyond adorable. Having read this copy as a last goodbye, I could not be ...more
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
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Charming Vintage Fare for Younger Children
Millicent Margaret Amanda, known to her friends and family as Milly-Molly-Mandy, lived in a nice white cottage with a thatched roof, in a small, close-knit village in the south of England (probably the author's native East Sussex), sometime in the 1920s. Her adventures at home and abroad, with her Mother and Father, Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle and Aunty, little-friend Susan and Billy Blunt, and all of the other villagers, are detailed in the twenty-one short stories contained in this anthology... ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I wish I could give this book six stars, we loved it that much. The stories were so fun to read aloud, and they brought up many questions about country life in England 100 years ago. MMM is a delightful girl with a delightful family and community, and her adventures are modest and realistic and simple. She doesn’t get into scrapes or misbehave; she simply lives her lovely life without conflict or climax. While this might sound boring, we found it comforting and entertaining—we enjoyed learning ...more
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.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read-alouds
We absolutely loved these simple yet charming stories! So delightful! This book inspired lots of fun activities for us like trying three-legged racing and cutting out paper dolls. Definitely one of my favorite read alouds.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I first encountered Milly-Molly-Mandy as a very young child, and re-visit the books now and then.

Do they spark joy? Yes, they do. :)
Sarah Middlestead
Delightful! The sweet innocence of childhood.
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,
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 ...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!
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!
Kath Elizabeth
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An adorable, quaint little book. Brings back so many memories of childhood!
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.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, children
My kids loved this book as a read-aloud, and I appreciated that the stories were all simple and interesting. They are very gentle stories, usually having as their central focus Milly-Molly-Mandy doing something new or trying something by herself, but they were charming rather than boring. My 5yo can easily sit through two stories and still be sad when we stopped.

It has 21 stories of around 10 pages each, so it's a good book for reading a chapter a day. Each chapter is a self-contained story and
Anna Mussmann
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet and wholesome--perfect for the times my children needed a story free from peril or scariness. I was initially concerned that my son might consider it "girly," but he responded to it quite well. I think that's because the stories are grounded in village life. We get to read about the blacksmith using gunpowder, the children "minding" a shop, and other situations fascinating to boys and girls alike.
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.
Caroline Bennett
Utterly joyous. I thought it would be too twee and girly for me to enjoy but I darned well loved it.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still love this series of stories. It brings with it so many happy memories of reading as a young child.
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.
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this little short collection of stories!
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
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
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
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...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 ...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 ...more
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Joyce Lankester Brisley (6 February 1896 – 1978) was an English writer. She is most noted for writing and illustrating the Milly-Molly-Mandy series, which were first printed in 1925 by the Christian Science Monitor.

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

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