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Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the Big Wash

Author: Joy Cowley
Illustrator: Elizabeth Fuller-Fulton
Publisher: Hameray Publishing Group
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-60559-235-0
Pages: 16
Price: $4.95

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Mrs. Wishy-Washy has a farm, and today the farm animals must get a bath. But there is no water! What will she do? As the animals celebrate their freedom from bathing, she decides to take them to town to see if she can find water there.

As they stop in the stores, Mrs. Wishy-Washy decides whether or not they can use some water there. But she finds no water for baths until she discovers the car wash. Finally the animals are clean, and now they can enjoy a treat.

Joy Cowley brings back her much-loved character, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, in this cute barnyard tale. At the end of the text, lesson pointers for teachers are provided for guiding discussions about this story. Features like vocabulary, logic and deduction, and onomatopoeia are summarized for classroom use.

Mrs. Wishy-Washy is a darling character that will remind children of their grandmother, and the barnyard animals are like little kids looking to escape a bath and get treats instead. But in the end, both Mrs. Wishy-Washy and the animals are satisfied. I highly recommend this fun teaching tool for kids.

Reviewer: Alice Berger