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Mrs. Biddlebox: Her Bad Day and What She Did About It    by Linda Smith & Marla Frazee order for
Mrs. Biddlebox
by Linda Smith
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This is a nice moral story about how to turn a bad day into a good one. Mrs. Biddlebox got up on the wrong side of the bed, and everything went downhill from there.

'The birds gave her a headache.
There were creakies in her chair.
A breeze blew dank and dreary
And mussied up her hair.

But did Mrs. Biddlebox get discouraged? Absolutely not. Instead ...

'I will cook this rotten morning!
I will turn it into cake!
I will fire up my oven!
I will set the day to bake!

The intentionally gray and gloomy illustrations gradually give way to bright white pages as we see Mrs. Biddlebox literally mopping the bad day away, putting it into a pot, pounding it into dough, and eating up the bad day (with a lovely cup of tea, of course). Little children may find the analogies in the book hard to follow, but it's a good lesson for older children, told in a unique and fun way.

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