Mrs. Biddlebox cover
On a knotty little hill,
In a dreary little funk,
Mrs. Biddlebox rolled over
On the wrong side of her bunk.
So begins the story of Mrs. Biddlebox. Everything in her day is going wrong. In frustration, she announces to her goose:
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!
Mrs. Biddlebox collects the ingredients by rolling up the sky like carpet and yanking down the sun. She sweeps and collects every bit of her bad day and stomps it into cake.
Mrs. Biddlebox with ingredients assembled
Finally, she dances around her kitchen as that bad day cooks, and then settles down to eat her delicious slice of cake.
Mrs. Biddlebox is rewarded with a "merry slice of cake"
The illustrations in this book, by Marla Frazee, are charming and dynamic. It is no wonder my son loved this book with its swirling pictures, rhyming text, and uplifting message.
I am writing about this book not just because I love it, but because it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Author Linda Smith, the bio in the book says, "was Mrs. Biddlebox during her two year battle with breast cancer." Sadly, she passed away in June 2000. However, her positive attitude and creative approach to life live on in this wonderful children's book. Linda, thank you for the wonderful legacy you left behind.
"Mrs. Biddlebox" is a treasure, and a worthy addition to any picture book collection.