Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley (1925)

milly.jpgMilly-Molly-Mandy (her real name is Millicent Margaret Amanda!) is about 5 years old.  Her family lives in a small village in England, and MMM is pretty much a perfect little girl.  Her stories are truly a step back into a nearly forgotten version of childhood.  It’s a breath of fresh air to read about a child who seeks out ways to be kind, who strives to be honest, who takes great pleasure in pleasing her parents. Milly-Molly-Mandy tackles one darling situation after another:  How to spend a penny?  How to help the local store keeper?  How to care for a new pet?  Each chapter is a little short story, which makes this a lovely bedtime read aloud (reading aloud to children — at any age — is in my opinion a sign of GREAT parenting!).

The Milly-Molly-Mandy stories originally appeared in the Christian Science Monitor weekly newspaper starting in 1925, but began being published in book form in 1928.  Joyce Lankester Brisley was also a talented artist and the many illustrations are her’s.

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time 100 years — I think you’ll like it there.

There are several books about Milly-Molly-Mandy for your family to enjoy:

Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories (1928)

More of Milly- Molly-Mandy (1929)

Further Doings of Milly-Molly-Mandy (1932)

Milly-Molly-Mandy Again (1948)

Milly-Molly-Mandy & Co (1955)

Milly-Molly-Mandy and Billy Blunt (1967)

Early to Middle Grade Reading Level, 200+ pages, Fiction, England, Childhood, Published 1928 – 1967.


About kidsbooksworthreading

Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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