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Mrs. Wishy-Washy for Shared Reading—with FREE Download!

This is a guest post by blogger Elizabeth Hall, whose students just love Mrs. Wishy-Washy. Elizabeth wanted to share how she used our Mrs. Wishy-Washy books in her classroom and to provide you with a FREE downloadable worksheet, available at the bottom of the page. If you like what you see here, you can check out her blog, Kickin' It in Kindergarten, for more of her writing.

My students and I have loved Mrs. Wishy-Washy these past two weeks! What better way to get little readers confident and excited about reading than introducing them to Mrs. Wishy-Washy? I am a big Joy Cowley fan—what kindergarten teacher isn’t?—and I was so excited to see these new books featuring Mrs. Wishy-Washy!


Mrs. Wishy-Washy is always the first shared reading that I do with my kiddos. We read the original Mrs. Wishy-Washy book, of course, but they love the new books. When I first got the new stories, I thought about having them do a character comparison, but the cow, pig, duck, and Mrs. Wishy-Washy are in all of the books so I came up with other activities.

The new Wishy-Washy books really add to the character study! She goes to the fair with the animals to try to win a prize, she goes on a trip to the beach on a train with the animals, and she is featured on a soap commercial.

There are so many purposeful activities that you could incorporate in your classroom to accompany these books! I came up with one based on Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Birthday, which the kids loved the most out of all of the stories. In it, Mr. Wishy-Washy makes a cake for Mrs. Wishy-Washy's birthday, and the animals have a hard time coming up with a present to get her. So I asked the students what they would get Mrs. Wishy-Washy for her birthday, and we brainstormed items that she might like based on our schema: she likes to clean, she’s tidy, she loves her animals, etc.

Look how cute they turned out! We have been working on labeling and it looks like it stuck with them. They came up with a hose, a washing machine, a cake, a new scrubbing brush, and a new animal.

These books are the perfect addition to your Wishy-Washy study! They are engaging, and there are comprehension activities and questions right in the book. My kids and I both loved these new books, and they have been the perfect addition to our classroom!

- Elizabeth Hall


This is my fifth year as a kindergarten teacher. The best part of kindergarten is watching a child fall in love with reading. It has become my passion to show children the possibilities and amazing adventures literature can offer. I love watching their eyes light up when they tell me they can read their favorite book, or they can’t wait to go back to the library! I have the best job in the world!

I am so lucky to have such a wonderful support system in and out of school. My family lives close and I get to spend a lot of time with them! While I am not at school, I enjoy running, teaching spin class, swimming, playing kickball, spending time with my husband, and traveling. I also have a sheltie named Maggie, which is spoiled rotten. I am married to the best guy in the world, work with wonderful people, and have fabulous students! I am looking forward to another great year doing what I love!


To download Elizabeth's Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Birthday worksheet, click the worksheet image. For more information on the Joy Cowley Collection, click here to visit the webpage, or click the information sheet image below to download series highlights with key features.