ISIL: Freda Says Please

ISIL: Freda Says Please

by Stuart J. Murphy

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Freda likes to play school and pretend to be the teacher. But when Percy and Emma join in on the fun, they realize that Freda needs some help saying "please," "thank you," and "you're welcome."See more details below


Freda likes to play school and pretend to be the teacher. But when Percy and Emma join in on the fun, they realize that Freda needs some help saying "please," "thank you," and "you're welcome."

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
When Freda plays school, she always wants to be the teacher. Sometimes, though, she forgets her manners. Freda gives orders to her stuffed animals and her friend, Percy. She doesn't remember to say "please" or "thank you." When Percy finally has enough of being ordered about, he refuses to play school with Freda unless she remembers to use good manners. The book is part of the "I See I Learn" series of social skills books. Illustrated with anthropomorphic animals and bright, cheery colors, this didactic offering could support a lesson about social skills and manners. At the end of the story there is a page that teaches readers when to say please, thank you, and you're welcome. There is also a page of questions for readers to answer about their own manners and the manners of the people around them and a page for adults where the author explains visual learning and how young children benefit from it. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
Kirkus Reviews
Normally very good at breaking down skills in a way that both teaches and entertains, the I See I Learn series missteps with this entry. Freda loves playing school and being the teacher, just like Miss Cathy. But when Percy comes to join her, he points out her lack of manners: Miss Cathy "told us that it's polite to say ‘please' when you ask for something." When Freda continues her bossy ways, he plays by himself, joining her when she finally asks politely. Outside, at "recess," the lessons on being polite continue with "thank you" and "you're welcome," but they are couched in a game of catch that is ridiculously polite, to the point of being unbelievable. Scrubba Dub, Carlos, publishing simultaneously, does a better job with its target behavior, teaching children the importance of good hand-washing. When Carlos fails to clean his dirty hands, Miss Cathy leads a discussion on why hand-washing is so important and shows the children the proper hand-washing technique, broken down into flowchart steps on the pages. Unfortunately, rather than use the old standard of "Happy Birthday," Murphy has children "singing" "One scrubba dub, two scrubba dub…" all the way up to 10. Still, by the end of the book, youngsters will be familiar with both the whys and the hows of hand-washing. Both titles end with a summary and questions. Didacticism tops the charts with Freda, but co-publishing Carlos is on the money. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
Stuart J. Murphy's I See I Learn Series
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.37(d)
AD250L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Stuart J. Murphy, author of the award-winning MathStart books (HarperCollins), has developed a new series for Charlesbridge: I SEE I LEARN®. The I SEE I LEARN® books feature simple stories and visual learning strategies to help young children learn important social, emotional, health and safety, and cognitive skills. Stuart, a visual learning specialist, has also served on the authorship teams of a number of major educational programs. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Stuart and his wife, Nancy, live in Boston, Massachusetts, near their children and three grandchildren, Jack, Madeleine, and Camille.

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