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Achoo Good Manners for Complete Animals
     

Achoo Good Manners for Complete Animals

by Mij Kelly, Mary McQuillan (Illustrator)
 

Suzy Sue is a little girl who makes her friends unhappy because she doesn’t cover her mouth when she sneezes. She soon explains, “I’m ever so sorry...I just didn’t know that’s what I should do."

With Swine Flu the #1 health issue in the news today, here is a critically important lesson about hygiene for young children to learn. One

Overview


Suzy Sue is a little girl who makes her friends unhappy because she doesn’t cover her mouth when she sneezes. She soon explains, “I’m ever so sorry...I just didn’t know that’s what I should do."

With Swine Flu the #1 health issue in the news today, here is a critically important lesson about hygiene for young children to learn. One effective way to control this virus and slow down its spread involves teaching children to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough. Children have been hit hard by the Swine Flu outbreak, and Achoo! helps them understand how important it is to follow some simple rules of basic hygiene and good manners. They come to understand with Suzy Sue that they too can take practical steps to reduce their risk of getting sick or passing the flu virus on to their friends.

Achoo! is a delightfully funny combination of verse and color pictures that will keep kids laughing, even as they learn that good manners and good health practices are closely interrelated. Along with covering one's mouth, children learn the importance of washing their hands, wiping their nose with a tissue instead of their hands, brushing their teeth, and many more basic rules of hygiene and good manners.

And author Mij Kelly and illustrator Mary McQuillan take a light approach when teaching these lessons. Mij Kelly's funny story never becomes preachy, and Mary McQuillan's whimsical illustrations are sure to induce giggles among young readers. Meanwhile, they're passing a very important message on to children about the importance of self-protection and consideration for others during a very real health crisis.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
The characters from Have You Seen My Potty? return in this follow-up about manners. After Suzy Sue sneezes without covering her mouth, several farm animals decide to intervene: " ‘It's true,' said the cow. ‘She is horribly rude,/ but that doesn't mean she can't be improved./ If we teach her the rules, I'm sure we can save her/ from a life of bad manners and ghastly behavior.' " Using various animals as examples, the cow offers some rules: "don't be disgusting" (the animals clean up a "grotty" dog), "don't eat like a pig," and "do not fight" (in which a game of tug-of-war between cats is halted). But when the maligned and insulted animals express their unhappiness, it's the cow who learns a lesson, as Suzy Sue reminds him about the golden rule (" ‘If you're kind,' said Suzy Sue,/ ‘people sometimes learn from you' "). McQuillan's cartoon art offers a playfully exaggerated cast, but the rhythm of the somewhat preachy verse occasionally stumbles, as Kelly concludes that while good manners are important, one shouldn't be haughty about them. Ages 4—7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—"This is the story of Suzy Sue, and the fateful day when she went…Achoo!" So starts this amusing tale of good manners and hygiene. Suzy Sue doesn't know the proper etiquette for sneezing and covering her mouth and nose. Thank goodness for her bevy of farm animals that can teach her all about it. The book covers a few of the big items, such as bathing, polite eating, sharing, and kindness, and highlights "the golden rule" in the process. The painted illustrations complement the text well. The author tries to tell the story in rhyme, but it doesn't always pan out. Still, the story is mildly humorous, and younger children will find the pictures of the animals appealing. The size and layout of the pages make this title appropriate for group sharing. While it's not the most complete book in this genre, it does hold its own.—Adrienne Wilson, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Monroe, CT
Kirkus Reviews
After learning to use the potty (Have You Seen My Potty?, 2007), Suzy Sue and her farm-animal friends are back, this time teaching the very young some manners in rhyming verses with a catchy beat. When Suzy Sue sneezes in their faces, the animals decide it's high time she learned how to behave. They instruct her in three rules of etiquette: "Don't be disgusting"; "Don't eat like a pig."; "Do not fight." But in explaining these rules to the tot, they insult the dog, whom they say stinks, and the pigs, who eat too much, and the cats, whose tug-of-war rope they cut in half. Suzy Sue then intervenes and teaches the animals the rule they forget-the golden rule. While dogs and smelliness and pigs and eating often go hand in hand, the fighting cats may be a little further from readers' ken, and the illustrations are not much help in puzzling out how the cats are being rude. Still, McQuillan's whimsical cartoon animals are full of personality, and her bright colors and humorous details are sure to have readers poring over the illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764169694
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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