One of our favorite classroom big books is called Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley. In this book, rhythm and repetition help the children easily read along after hearing the book a few times. The cow, pig and duck love to play in the mud, but Mrs. Wishy Washy wants her animals to be nice and clean. After she washes them, they wait until she goes back in the house and then they run back to play in the mud again. Students had the opportunity to retell this story and act it out during Reader's Workshop. "Oh lovely mud," they said.