Happy Birthday, Mrs. Millie! Paperback – 21 Jan 2014
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About the Author
Author Judy Cox teaches kindergarten in a small town in Oregon. Like Mrs. Millie, she likes to tease her kindergators. She has written a number of picture books, including Mrs. Millie Goes to Philly!, Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie!, and The Mystery of the Burmese Bandicoot. She lives in Ontario, Oregon.
Illustrator Joe Mathieu is the illustrator of many popular picture books, including We're Going on a Lion Hunt, Mrs. Millie Goes to Philly!, and Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie!. He lives in Hudson, Massachusetts.
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Mrs. Millie is always saying silly things and using words that sound similar but are not quite the word she means. She says cubcakes/cupcakes, camel/candle, and birthday partridge/party. The kindergarteners think she's hilarious and always know what she really means. Today is her birthday so the students (and their parents) are throwing a surprise birthday party for Mrs. Millie, using equally funny substitutions for words.
The illustrations are bright, colorful, and engaging and the story is simple and cute. This would actually be a fun book to use for students' birthdays as a therapy tool and ask if they would want all of those things for their birthdays.
I kind of wish that the word mistakes/confusions would have stuck to rhyming throughout, but I also understand there's only so many words that rhyme with others that you can illustrate :)
Cute book. Something fun and quick to be read for birthdays :)
The result is great fun for the teacher, student and, most of all, young readers. This book is reminiscent of the Amelia Bedelia Collection (I Can Read Book 2) I read to my children years ago, where an extremely literal housekeeper kept both children and adults in stitches laughing at her misinterpretation of instructions she received to perform common household chores.
I highly recommend Happy Birthday, Mrs. Millie.
The size of Happy Birthday, Mrs. Millie is perfect for circle time, story time or cuddling in bed time. This would also be a great book to work into a project or discussion of other ways that the kids can make their own play on words. Creative, fun and perfect for young readers - preschool - 1st/2nd grade.
The illustrations are colorful and friendly and large enough to make this useful for a group storytime book. The kids all seemed to enjoy the word play and were quietly engaged with the story as they waited to see what the next page would bring. Smiles, laughs and the shared enjoyment of a silly book was a nice break in a busy day.
When I asked the K-1 students what they liked best about the book they almost all liked the "crazy pictures", especially the baboons (for balloons), the camel (for candle) and the apple moose (for apple juice).