Have you ever wanted to just throw up your hands and run away from it all? Well that’s what happens when seven heretofore tireless and hard working washerwomen have had enough of “filthy sheets, grubby hankies, and horrid socks!” Dottie, Lottie, Molly, Dolly, Winnie, Minnie, and Ernestine proceed to terrorize the neighborhood, climbing trees, swinging on church bell ropes, and generally running amok. When seven woodcutters hear these wild washerwomen are coming, they try to frighten the women away by covering themselves in dirt and soot and making scary noises. But are the washerwomen afraid? No way: they are washerwomen after all! The poor woodcutters have never been so clean after the women scrub them up and lay them out to dry. It all ends well with the woodcutters and washerwomen “having the time of their lives.” This is a great story for those of us who sometimes imagine what it would be like to really get away. Children will enjoy the silliness of the story and the funny illustrations.
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