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"THE BEST THING about the depression was the way it reunited our family and gave my sister Mary a real opportunity to prove that anybody can do anything, especially Betty." After divorcing her first husband, Betty returns home with her two children. With humor, she tells of her many jobs, including the one where she picked up TB from a boss. (See "The Plague and I," also available from Bookshare.) She relates her daughter's escopades as they grow into teenagers, paints a picture of what it was like for some families to live through the depression.
When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall--through chaos and catastrophe--this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor.A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's The Egg and I is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on an American frontier.--Print Ed.
This is the first book, which Betty MacDonald wrote. It chronicles her real-life adventures with her first husband--a man who built a good barn long before fixing the rundown house. Other books by Betty MacDonald are available from Bookshare.
While Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is working her magic, the children are working some of their own, planning a boisterous birthday bash for everyone's favorite problem solver.
From the book: Have you ever heard of Leadership Pills? Or Crybaby Tonic? Or Whisper Sticks? You won't find them in your corner drugstore. The only way to get these magical medicines is to call Mrs. PiggleWiggle. When Phillip Carmody turns into a Show-off, and Nicholas Semicolon acts like a Bully, and Harbin Quadrangle becomes a Slowpoke, their desperate parents pick up the phone and consult Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. She has an old sea chest full of magic cures for children (left to her by her husband the pirate) and can supply the perfect remedy every time. Of course, although they're very efficient, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's cures have some comical consequences, too, making these remarkable adventures of her young friends a cheerful prescription for just about anyone. Other books by Betty MacDonald are available from Bookshare.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies. She was even married to a pirate once! She has treatments for all difficult children.
Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle: children because she's lots of fun, and parents because she can cure children of any bad habit through unusual means.
Onions in the Stew is a true story about an island, a house and a family. The island, Vashon, lies "plump, curvy and green" in the icy waters of Puget Sound, and the house (dream) is the one the MacDonald ,.: a"-. family found there, after long search, '~ _'~ : and has lived in ever since.
Betty MacDonald had divorced her first husband, (meet him in "The Egg and I," which is available from Bookshare) and had moved back home with her two girls. She was working in an office when the overwhelming fatigue and exhausting cough began. Without much money, she had few choices, which is why she went to The Pines. This biographical book provides us with detailed looks at how tuberculosis was treated during the 1940s and what sanatoriums were like. Other books for adults and children by Betty MacDonald are available from Bookshare.
Her first husband wanted a ranch. He found one out in the middle of nowhere! He built the barn before the house and expected his new bride to raise baby chicks in the kitchen. (For more details, read "The Egg and I.") When the whole ranch experience got to be too much, MacDonald took her two girls and moved back home, where she worked at a variety of jobs, which her sister Mary found, proving the older sister's philosophy that "Anybody Can Do Anything," at least if their name is Betty MacDonald. And it was one of the office jobs, which caused the worst trouble--tuberculosis--and a stay in a sanatorium. (Those nine months are chronicled in "The Plague and I.") Eventually, Betty meets another man, falls in love, and moves (with her two girls) to an island. (For more details, read "Onions in the Stew.") Heartwarming and funny. All books mentioned in this synopsis are available from Bookshare.
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