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Mark Shulman and Vincent Nguyen have done it again: created a wonderfully imaginative picture book that’s full of wit and humor—and touching, too.
Welcome to Hilary’s tea party—but be careful: this rude little girl has lots of rules to follow. Maybe that’s why no one except her stuffed animals, Mr. Big Arms and Stuffy Bear, stays very long. She’s just no fun.
Now, Hilary’s come up with a great idea: she’s putting a handmade invitation at the ...

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Overview

Mark Shulman and Vincent Nguyen have done it again: created a wonderfully imaginative picture book that’s full of wit and humor—and touching, too.
Welcome to Hilary’s tea party—but be careful: this rude little girl has lots of rules to follow. Maybe that’s why no one except her stuffed animals, Mr. Big Arms and Stuffy Bear, stays very long. She’s just no fun.
Now, Hilary’s come up with a great idea: she’s putting a handmade invitation at the corner bus stop in hopes of finding a new friend. Enter a giant yet timid chameleon, all ready for tea and cookies. But when he finds out how bossy Hilary can be, will he run out the door, too?
Children will enjoy pouring a cup of tea (real or imaginary), curling up with this charming story, and finding out the answer.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Hilary's tea parties involve four invitations: one for her teddy bear, one for her toy, one for herself, and the fourth one that is rarely answered. Hilary's tea parties have lots of rules, so the fourth person invited rarely stays. Hilary decides to send out a special invitation with a trail of cookies. A giant chameleon answers this invitation, but before long the giant chameleon cannot follow Hilary's rules. After sitting through Hilary's complaints, the chameleon leaves with the cookies. The teddy bear also leaves and reminds her that she can find him when she can play nicely. Eventually, Hilary decides to join the others for a tea party. This story has all the makings of a very delightful picture book: a little girl needing an attitude change, a humorous-looking reptile, and a tea party. However, none of these elements are used very well. Hilary never suffers any real consequences nor shows any real attitude change. The toys and chameleon appear far too lenient as she joins them at the end. Some readers in early elementary may be able to withstand Hilary, but better tea parties exist in other, more delightful picture books.
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Hilary is a tea party connoisseur. She knows how to make invitations, plan the seating and make the rules. Unfortunately, her rules are too strict; though she always makes four invitations, only she, her teddy bear and her strong man doll, Mr. Big Arms, typically attend. But Hilary has a plan; she leaves an invitation by the bus stop and a trail of cookies to her house. A chameleon arrives as a result, but he rejects her rules and departs, taking the cookies and Mr. Strong Arms with him. Hilary's teddy bear joins them. The new friends decide to have their own tea party, but lucky for Hilary, they've set a place for her, too. While it's refreshing to see an ethnic heroine-Hilary is probably half-Asian-some may object to her inviting a stranger in, though the book's absurdist quality essentially negates any real parallel. Quirky and appealing illustrations accompany this tale of a girl who learns a lesson about bossiness and flexibility. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402733048
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2007

    I did like this book very much for my daughter.

    I liked this book very much. The writing and the art are top class. I do not understand the Children's Literature review that says Hilary did not grow or that her friends are too lenient. It is not fair because it is plain to see that Hilary comes off her high horse and that her friends turn the other cheek. I admire that the author did NOT make the fantasy parts ridiculous as the reviewer suggested he should. The story was kind and gentle. I was proud to share it with my daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    It's about being a friend

    My daughter is bossy, yes, but she's also bright and very verbal. She's certainly able to see past 'message' books and roll her eyes when she thinks she's being taught a lesson. I read this book in the bookstore and hoped it would get the message across that nobody can make the decisions and call the shots all the time. Surprise! She rooted for Hilary in the story, and was pleased with the outcome of the book. By the time we had read it three or four times, my Jenna started a conversation about a friend who she'd alienated weeks before. And do you know what? Jenna wrote a letter to invite that lost friend to tea. The book Not Another Tea Party was a wonderful way to talk about an important children's issue without being preachy or stiff. The story is sweet and the paintings are beautiful, dusty pink. You owe it to yourself to read this book to a child you love.

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