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This month we are featuring a classic chapter book for Family Dinner Book Club . Get ready to enjoy Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald.

Below are awesome ideas to plan your menu, make table decoration crafts, talk about the book and complete a family service project.  We have thought of everything you need!  So, grab a copy of the book and join in on the fun.
Mrs Piggle Wiggle Family Dinner Book Club
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Just to review a bit… Family Dinner Book Club is a monthly book club for your family.  On the 15th of each month, we share the title of the book that is being featured.  Then, on the 1st of each month we provide all the details for your special club dinner.  Sarah from Daisy at Home shares a special menu to compliment the book.  And, I will share conversation starters and a service project for your family.  Sarah and I will take turns showcasing table decoration crafts to make with the kids.
We invite you to share a picture from your dinner with us anytime during the month on our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
Now, on to all of the details!

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

The Book

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is the story of a woman who smells of cookies and knows just about everything about children.  If a child has a problem, she has a positive solution.  This story has entertained children for over 50 years and for good reason. It’s a fun combination of silliness, a lovable main character and lots of problem-solving.
For extra fun, listen to the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle audio book too.


Here are six conversation starters to get your dinner book club rolling.  Just click on this link (Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle conversation starters) for a one page PDF file that you can print and then cut apart.  Use the cards on your chosen dinner night.  You, of course, don’t have to use all of them or you may even have some other discussion points that developed while you were reading.  These are just meant to be a guide.  Happy talking!

  • What was your favorite cure in the book?  Why?
  • Which character from the story are you most like?
  • What time is your bedtime?  How do you feel the next morning if you don’t go to bed at that time?
  • Did you know there are more Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books?  There is Mrs.-Piggle Wiggle’s Magic, Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Happy Birthday Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm.  Which of these books would you be interested in reading?
  • How is Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle different from most adults?  Would you like a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle in your life?
  • You have just been invited to Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s house for tea and cookies.  What will you do while you visit?
Family Dinner Book Club

Family Service Project

Hubert had more toys than he could play with in his life.  My guess is that your kids probably have more than enough toys too.  This month talk about how clearing things we no longer need is important for keeping things tidy.  Plus, by giving away items we no longer need, we can help others who do need those things.  Challenge your child to decide on 1, 2, 3  or more toys that they have out grown and donate them.

Table Decorations

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is this month's Family Dinner Book Club selection. Get your themed menu, table decoration ideas, table topics and family service project idea to compliment the book.
Have the kids create pictures of upside-down houses to use as placemats.  If it is too challenging to draw the house upside- down, you can always turn the picture upside-down at the table.
Use tea cups to serve what you are drinking for dinner.  Bonus, if you have saucers and spoons.
Scatter a few chocolate golden coins around the table too.


Head over to Daisy at Home to get your Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Menu.
We hope you are inspired to create a fun and meaningful Family Dinner Book Club with your own family. Remember that we want to see pictures of your dinner.  Please share them our special Family Dinner Book Club Facebook page.
Join us again next month for another Family Dinner Book Club when we will feature a picture book!
About Jodie RodriguezJodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


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