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Author: Cynthia Whipple and Mary Cashman

Illustrator: Meredith Johnson

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Publisher: Pink and Brown Publishing LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Merrilee is very excited to be going to Princess Posey's birthday party. When she gets there she is surprised to see that the Princess has no decorations or even any food. Merrilee's friend didn't understand party manners, and Merrilee - with the help of her grandmother's Manners Manifesto - is excited to help her friend make this a great event. This picture book offers simple lessons in manners and also shows how funny language can be.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with and by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: At first our daughter thought we selected the book because of her behavior (well, maybe!) ... but then she settled into the story. She particularly liked how Posey and her friends mis-interpreted Merrilee's guidance. For example, when Merrilee said they needed to take turns, each of the girls started spinning in circles.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever presentation of the etiquette we want to teach our kids. Although it looks to be a preschool book on the surface, there is still value in reading this with an elementary audience. The older kids will more quickly pick up on the idioms.

Pros: A clever story and friend-to-friend advice make this an excellent choice when you're trying to provide basic manners lessons.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book you'll want to have handy any time your child gets ready to go to a birthday party ... or is planning one of their own.

If You Liked This Book, Try: PARTY PRINCESS (Teach Your Children Well Series)   PINKY PROMISE: A Book about Telling the Truth (Teach Your Children Well Series)   THE THANK YOU BOOK FOR KIDS

Educational Themes: On the surface this looks like a book for girls about manners. It is for both boys and girls and it is about more than etiquette. Grandma's Manners Manifesto uses idioms that make sense to adults but can easily confuse kids ... and gives you a chance to talk about language.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at BookExpo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, life lessons, birthday, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2011

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