Monday, March 9, 2015

Milly Molly Mandy

This morning, we read our first Milly Molly Mandy story, in which MMM runs errands for her family. MMM lives with her mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, uncle, and aunty, and each of them, unbeknownst to the others, asks MMM to run an errand. On top of that, MMM's dog wants a walk. MMM tells him he'll have to wait, because she has six errands to remember. Well, she remembers five of them, but she can't remember the last, and she has a penny with which she's supposed to buy something for someone. The shopkeeper asks if the penny is for candy (sweeties), but MMM says no, and tries to remember who have her the penny and what she was supposed to buy. Finally, she remembers, buys the item, goes home to walk the dog, and is rewarded with money to buy sweeties when the adults find out what a good errand girl MMM really is.

In a book written today, the main character would roll her eyes and protest when asked to help, then forget what she was supposed to buy. Then when the shopkeeper asked her if she wanted candy, the child would go ahead and buy candy. And then the child would forget to walk the dog.

This first story has so many character lessons. MMM is happy to be helpful, and has a cheerful attitude. She responds "Yes, Mother" and "Yes, Father" when her parents tell her to do something. She's respectful, responsible, and honest. Finally, she's generous, sharing the reward she receives with a friend.

Have you read MMM? What was your take?

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