Katie’s neighbor Mrs. Muddle declares more holidays than anyone else, and she celebrates them in style. In March, she makes peanut-butter-and-birdseed cookies for the birds to enjoy on First Robin Day. The next month, she and Katie dance in the rain during First Shower of April. As the year goes on, Mrs. Muddle creates a unique holiday for each month, and all of Katie’s friends get in on the fun. Then Katie comes up with a special holiday of her own, and Mrs. Muddle Day is the biggest celebration her neighborhood has ever seen!
The particular joys of each season are brought to life in lively, entertaining watercolor-and-ink illustrations by Thomas F. Yezerski.
Katie is sure that her neighbors on Maple Street celebrate all of the yearly holidays in the usual ways. Then Mrs. Muddle moves into the neighborhood, and she soon has the children observing many unusual holidays. With the arrival of the first robin in March, Katie helps Mrs. Muddle bake peanut-butter-and-birdseed cookies. In April, on the day of that month's first rain shower, Katie and Alicia join Mrs. Muddle in umbrella dances. Katie and her friends become part of Mrs. Muddle's observance of "Earthworm Appreciation Day" in May. And so it goes throughout the remainder of the year with "Garlic Jubilee" in August, "First Fire of Fall" in October and "Ice Spectacle" in January. The children want to thank Mrs. Muddle for all the fun she has provided, so they come up with a plan to surprise her. One day in late June, everyone begins preparing for a party. Confused Mrs. Muddle is sure there is no holiday on this particular day. How pleased she is when the boys and girls announce that the celebration is "Mrs. Muddle Day" to honor her! Beautifully executed watercolor with pen-and-ink illustrations perfectly compliment the story and add to the fun. Whether used in a group setting or individually, this is sure to be a big hit and belongs on the first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth