314R: Magical Powers to Teach Lessons

As a child in the 1980s, I remember reading a chapter book (or a series of chapter books) about a older woman who had magical powers and befriended neighborhood children. I recall that the woman could cast spells and that the spells were used to teach the children lessons. One spell I recall is that if a child said a curse word, a black cloud would follow them around for days. I also recall that the woman had an old book with rose petals dried between the pages.

I recall the book fondly and would like to read it to my children.

4 thoughts on “314R: Magical Powers to Teach Lessons

  1. This sounds remarkably like Betty MacDonald’s MRS. PIGGLE-WIGGLE books. There are four of them, and I don’t recall which one involved the black cloud, but they’re wonderful books and make great bed-time story reading. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was the widow of a pirate . . . .
    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic
    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm
    Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

  2. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic has a potion causing child who tattles to spout a black cloud over the head. The more tattles, the more tails in the cloud.

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