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mrs. Pig Oh Wiggles won’t take a bath cure by Betty MacDonald illustrated by Bruce what we mrs. pickle wiggle lives here in our town she has brown sparkly eyes and long brown hair which she usually wears in a knot on the top of her head she has a dog called wag and a cat called lightfoot and she lives in an upside-down house all of the children love Miss pickle wiggle and miss pickle wiggle loves them she’s always ready to stop whatever she’s doing to have a tea party and she is glad to have children dig worms in her petunia bed in fact miss pickle wiggle just naturally understands children which is of course why all the parents call miss pickle wiggle whenever their children are being difficult miss piggy wiggle always knows exactly what to do to help children’s bad habits like not taking a bath which was Patsy Brown’s bad habit up to the time of this story Patsy was just your everyday little girl but one morning Patsy’s mother filled the bathtub with nice warm water and caught Patsy to come and take her back but when Patsy saw the nice tub of warm water she began to scream and yell and kick and howl like a wild animal naturally her mother was quite surprised to see her little girl acting so peculiarly but she just said now Patsy stop all this nonsense and hop into the tub Patsy ran out of the bathroom yelling I won’t take a bath I will ever take a bath I hate baths I hate baths I hate baths Patsy’s mother let the water out of the tub and went downstairs to telephone Miss pickle wiggle she said hello miss pickle wiggle this is Patsy’s mother and I’m having such a time this morning Patsy simply will not take her bath miss pickle wiggle said I would say the radish cure is probably the quickest and most lasting all you have to do is buy one package of radish seeds then let Patsy alone as far as washing is concerned when she has about half an inch of rich black dirt all over her scatter radish sheets on her arms and head press them gently and then just wait the next morning Patsy’s mother didn’t say one single word to Patsy about taking a bath and so Patsy was sweet and didn’t act like a wild animal the next day was the same and so was the next when sunday came Patsy was a rather dark black grayish color so her mother suggested that she stay home from Sunday school at the end of the third week Patsy skipped out to get the mail and the postman on seeing her straggly uncombed dust cake hair and a layer of dirt on her face neck and arms gave a terrified yell and fell off of the front porch Patsy’s parents decided to keep Patsy endure at all times after that but patty seemed quite happy of course it was getting hard to tell how she felt as her face was so caked with dirt that she couldn’t smile and she talked like this I am Patsy and I want to go that she also had to take little tiny bites of her food because she couldn’t open her mouth more than a crack at the last day came when Patsy was ready to plant that night when she was asleep her mother and father tiptoed into her room and very gently pressed radish seeds into the dirt on her forehead her arms and the backs of her hands some days later Patsy woke up one morning and there on the back of her hands and on her arms and on her forehead were green leaves she jumped out of bed ran downstairs to the dining room where her mother and father were eating breakfast look look at my hands she squeaked her mother went over to Patsy took a firm hold of one of the plants on her forehead and gave it a quick pull Patsy squeaked again and her mother showed her a little red radish that she had pulled out Patsy suddenly said other I want to have what did you say dear asked her mother busily pulling the radishes and putting them into neat little piles on the dining room table I want a bath said Patsy so plainly that it cracked the mud off of her left cheek Patsy’s mother said well I think it better be a shower and without another word she went upstairs and turned on some warm water Patsy was in the shower all that day she used up two whole bars of soap and she didn’t even come out for lunch but when her father came home for dinner there she was waiting for him at the door clean and smiling and in her hand was a plate full of little red radishes the end …