A picture book by Laura F. Nielsen
pictures by Thomas F. Yezerski
published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Katie’s neighbor Mrs. Muddle celebrates more holidays than anyone else, and she celebrates them in style. In March, she makes peanut-butter-and -birdseed cookies for the birds to enjoy on First Robin Day. The next month, she and Katie dance in the rain during the First Shower of April. In May, Katie and her friends join Mrs. Muddle for Earthworm Appreciation Day.

As the year goes on, Mrs. Muddle continues to celebrate her favorite things, and the whole neighborhood gets in on the fun, from the Watermelon Bash to the Birthday of the Inventor of the Roller Skate.

But there’s one holiday that even Mrs. Muddle hasn’t thought of--and it’s up to Katie to create a very special celebration for one of her own favorites.

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About the Author

Laura Nielsen enjoys celebrating holidays with her husband, three daughters, two daughters-in-law, two sons, one son-in-law, and three grandchildren who are amazingly beautiful and entirely worthy of celebrating. Her favorite holiday traditions include lights (in the sky, in windows, on houses, on trees, and even in hollowed-out vegetables), music (singing, playing, and listening), and chocolate. She lives in Hyrum, Utah. Contact the Author

About the Illustrator

Thomas F. Yezerski likes to commemorate great dates in his life, like the first time he saw his favorite band, the day he left home to go to school in London, and the afternoon he met his true love. He is the author and/or illustrator of several picture books and early readers. He lives in Rutherford, New Jersey. You can learn more about him at www.thomasfyezerski.com.


A holiday winner . . .Yezerski's pen-and-ink watercolors are bright, warm and festive.
This is perfect for every collection." —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

Yezerski’s colorful pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations perfectly match Nielsen’s cheery text. Children of many ethnic and cultural backgrounds are depicted in this wonderful story of friendship and fellowship. It will make a great read-aloud any time of year and encourage children to create their own special occasions. -- School Library Journal

The text is perfectly paced for reading aloud, but the book will work best in small groups, which will allow close-up views of Yezerski’s ink-and-watercolor drawings of energetic, gray-haired party-animal Mrs. Muddle and the warmth and whimsical details that make her celebrations so joyful.-- Booklist

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