Emily's Christmas Gifts

Emily's Christmas Gifts

by Cindy Post Senning, Steve Bjorkman, Peggy Post
     
 

You've made your list and you've checked it twice, but have you been naughty or nice?

We hope you've been nice if you want to see all the treasures you wished for under the tree! But did you know that everyone's favorite present—including Santa's—isn't one you can buy? As Emily shows, the best presents to give or receive at Christmas are the gifts of

Overview

You've made your list and you've checked it twice, but have you been naughty or nice?

We hope you've been nice if you want to see all the treasures you wished for under the tree! But did you know that everyone's favorite present—including Santa's—isn't one you can buy? As Emily shows, the best presents to give or receive at Christmas are the gifts of kindness and consideration. From The Emily Post Institute, the most trusted name in etiquette, comes a funny, yet well-behaved, Christmas picture book that is sure to be on every kid's wish list.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ann Farina
Emily loves Christmas. More importantly, she loves giving presents during the holidays. Some of her presents come in packages with pretty ribbon, and some are acts of kindness and consideration. Emily leads young readers through the holiday hubbub with grace and style. She models good manners in a friendly way that invites readers to be just as caring. Emily also helps children understand why adults can get so frazzled during the busy holiday season. Her thoughtful gifts help keep everything running smoothly. The illustrations are bright and colorful. The energetic drawings of Emily show how happy and proud she is to help out. What reader wouldn't want to feel the same? Young readers will enjoy finding the helpful Christmas elf hidden in each illustration. A letter to parents at the end of the book shares helpful etiquette hints from the authors. Teachers can use this "Emily" book for any good manners or etiquette themed lesson, or they can add it to any holiday bookshelf. Reviewer: Ann Farina
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4

Emily loves everything about Christmas, especially giving gifts. Her favorite kinds aren't those that can be wrapped up and put under the tree, but are the true treasures of kindness and consideration. She sets the table and makes special place cards for Christmas dinner, helps Dad put up the lights; she pushes a girl's wheelchair while waiting in line to see Santa and helps the little kids dress for a Christmas pageant. Her cheery do-gooder activities are conveyed perfectly via single- and double-page cartoon vignettes done in ink and watercolor. Emily's willingness to be helpful offers an outstanding lesson about the true spirit of Christmas, and Björkman's bright, engaging illustrations keep the lesson light and palatable.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Senning and Post (both of the Emily Post Institute) continue their series on appropriate children's manners with this holiday offering starring their signature character, a girl appropriately named Emily. She is an amazingly well-mannered child who loves the Christmas season and all the preparations for the holiday. The text focuses on the many ways that Emily helps others, firmly stating that such gifts of time and labor are as valuable as material presents. Emily is shown doing household chores, helping friends and family and assisting others that she has just met. On Christmas Eve, Emily leaves a polite and proper letter for Santa, and she receives her own thank-you note from Santa in return. While helping others and sending courteous notes are worthwhile objectives, the lessons in manners are delivered here in a heavy-handed way that will appeal more to grown-ups than children. Bjorkman's amusing watercolor-and-ink illustrations in his characteristic, loose style have a light, frothy appeal, conveying the excitement and emotion of the season, but they aren't enough to leaven the didactic text. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061117039
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D., codirector of The Emily Post Institute, Inc., developed a training program for etiquette educators and conducts children's etiquette workshops across the U.S. and overseas. Cindy is the coauthor of all the Emily Post children's books, with her sister-in-law, Peggy Post.

This is Mike Gutch's first children's book other than his unpublished "book" he wrote in third grade about New York State, which coincidentally is where he resides, in the town of Pelham, just outside of New York City. Mike lives with his wife and four children. When he's not making peanut butter and honey sandwiches for them or working for the Man, he's enjoying the great outdoors. If you'd like to send him a note on the book or advice on how to get anything unstuck, you can email him at mikestuckgutch@gmail.com.

Steve Bjorkman has illustrated more than seventy books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy, Emily's Everyday Manners by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, I Hate English! by Ellen Levine, and Safari Park by Stuart J. Murphy. He also creates greeting cards with his brother, Carl, and together they have sold millions through Recycled Paper Greetings. Steve lives with his wife and three children in Irvine, California.

Peggy Post, Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law, is a director of The Emily Post Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. Peggy writes a monthly column in Good Housekeeping and an online wedding etiquette column for the New York Times.

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