Book: Little Miss Splendid and the house with a view
Author: Roger Hargreaves
Ages: 3-8 years
I absolutely love this series by Roger Hargreaves. The cartoon characters are just so simple and fun. Every time I read a book from the series, it makes me feel happy. Maybe it is the characters too. I have at least seven books of this series. Every book is about a human natural quality like splendid, messy, mean and so on.
These books helped give my child an understanding of different behaviors and also most importantly how a certain behavior has an impact on others. That for a mom like me is very important lesson to give to the child.
My son loves the colorful pictures and the cartoons. I find them just so adorable. They language is kept simple and easy to understand for even younger children. I would recommend this book for four years and above.
The story is about Miss Splendid and it describes how she is splendid. So, she is very neat and tidy and has a beautiful house. Now, she also has a neighbour, Mr. Mean. As the name suggest is the contrary. He lives in an ugly house. Sadly, Miss Splendid has to a terrible view from her house – Mr. Mean’s ugly house. She tried to build a wall between hers and Mr. Mean’s house so she doesn’t have to look at is every day. But each time the wall is found broken. At last she discovers that Mr. Mean used the bricks from the wall to make his own splendid and beautiful house.
For young children these books have a very simple lesson. I asked my five year old boy “How do you think Miss Splendid feels and should Mr. Mean do what he did?”
We then talk about how we can be more splendid and not at all like Mr. Mean.
There are many other story books that I recommend from the Mister Men series as well. Some of my favourites are Mr. Messy and Mr. Bouncy’s Bouncy Day.
Do check out the Mister Men books on Amazon as well. Both series come in boxsets – Little Miss: My Complete Collection Box Set of 36 books and Mr Men My Complete Collection Box Set which work out to be economical. Many of our kbc members have the collection box sets! They are all really funny books perfect to gift! There is also a Mr. Men & Little Miss Magic series! Mr. Men & Little Miss Celebrations series of books is based on festival themes. You can check out other titles from the Little Miss series right here.
ADDED BY ASHA: Books that our members order often include:
Little Miss Helpful (Little Miss Classic Library)
Little Miss Birthday (Mr. Men & Little Miss Celebrations)
Mr. Bump – Quoting Amardeep: “He wants to get a job but he keeps messing up every job he gets. He doesn’t give up though, and keeps finding new jobs till he finds one that he is good at.”
Mr. Happy and the Wizard (Mr. Men & Little Miss Magic)
Mr. Men at Bedtime: A classic children’s story about going to sleep (Mr. Men & Little Miss Everyday)
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