Emily's New Friend

Overview

How do you meet someone new?

All it takes is a little courage, a lot of kindness, and some good manners!

When Ethan moves into Emily's neighborhood, both children are shy and lonely. But a simple "Hi!," a helping hand, and an invitation to play help them along. Soon, with lots of sharing, thoughtfulness, and communication, Emily and Ethan become the best of friends.

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Overview

How do you meet someone new?

All it takes is a little courage, a lot of kindness, and some good manners!

When Ethan moves into Emily's neighborhood, both children are shy and lonely. But a simple "Hi!," a helping hand, and an invitation to play help them along. Soon, with lots of sharing, thoughtfulness, and communication, Emily and Ethan become the best of friends.

From the most trusted name in etiquette comes this endearing picture book about how to create fun and lasting friendships. With engaging text and sweet, funny illustrations, Cindy Post Senning, Peggy Post, and Steve Björkman show the importance of respect, consideration, and a good sense of humor between friends.

The perfect choice for children beginning school or entering into any unfamiliar situation, Emily's New Friend assures us that friends are just waiting to be made!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This is the latest juvenile offering from the Emily Post Institute, and like others in the series, it delivers an unequivocally and determinedly upbeat message. Here, the focus is what it means to be a friend. Ethan is shy Emily's new neighbor, and the two soon become friends. By the end of the book, the list of the ways they respond to each other leads to the foregone conclusion: "This is why Ethan and Emily are the very best of friends. If you treat others with respect and consideration and honesty, you can be a best friend too." Bjorknan's perky, colorful illustrations verge on being cartoons. There is no question that the messages about friendship and manners in this book are important. However, the didactic treatment and stilted language make the point fall flat. This book is most useful as a discussion starter, when young readers are invited to discuss personal experiences that illustrate the friendship rules in the book. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Kirkus Reviews
Ethan's move to Emily's town gives both children a chance to practice making and being a good friend. Ethan's fears of being a newcomer are assuaged when Emily arrives (with her parents and a plate of cookies) to introduce herself. She offers to help unload the moving van and shows Ethan around town. Soon the two are inseparable. They use their manners and respect wherever they go, sharing, being considerate, listening, helping to clean up, cheering each other on, using their magic words and helping each other out. The narration tells rather than shows readers how Ethan and Emily are being good friends. Björkman's brightly colored watercolor-and-ink illustrations add a welcome touch of levity to the overearnest text; readers will especially enjoy the antics of the two dogs. Small vignettes allow the artwork to match the many activities of the characters. Readers who need some brushing up on making and keeping friends may find this latest in the Emily Post series helpful, although others may find Emily and Ethan's role-model-perfect manners more than a bit too much. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061117060
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,415,709
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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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