Please Is a Good Word to Say

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Please is a good word to say. It puts a smile on your words. And that’s not the only advice curly-burly-haired Harriet has for you. Asking, taking, interrupting, eating, answering the phone—if there’s a nice way to do it, Harriet can tell you just how to do it.

Jennifer Plecas’ infectious illustrations bring Barbara Joosse’s hilarious heroine to life in this offbeat and adorable approach to manners. Kids will be (very politely) clamoring to ...

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Overview

Please is a good word to say. It puts a smile on your words. And that’s not the only advice curly-burly-haired Harriet has for you. Asking, taking, interrupting, eating, answering the phone—if there’s a nice way to do it, Harriet can tell you just how to do it.

Jennifer Plecas’ infectious illustrations bring Barbara Joosse’s hilarious heroine to life in this offbeat and adorable approach to manners. Kids will be (very politely) clamoring to hear it over and over again . . . and parents will be pleased to oblige.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
The narrator of this book-an irrepressible youngster wearing a puffy pink skirt and purple cowboy boots-is a miniature Miss Manners brimming with perky goodness. Harriet wants readers to know all the ins and out of "please" (once is good, many times is "whining," and saying it while grabbing is "bossy") and "thank you" (it can never be said too many times, and adding a hug makes it even better . . . "like a double-dip ice cream cone, because it's twice as nice"). She delves into when to say "I'm sorry," "Excuse me," and "May I help you?" (saying the latter makes her "feel like Super Harriet"). When to talk and when not to talk is also covered, as are compliments. Joosse's effective use of speech bubbles in various fonts, in addition to the main text, makes for especially interesting and amusing reading. Plecas's ink-and-watercolor cartoons imbue the already spirited commentary with personality, dimension, and even more energy. Plenty of white space enhances the impact of the illustrations, which are quite detailed and use just the right color combinations. This slightly irreverent but heartfelt primer on manners is a great place to start a discussion on the topic.
—Catherine CallegariCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Chatty and knowledgeable about today's etiquette, a little girl named Harriet with red "curly burly" locks demonstrates good words and phrases for all kinds of situations. But it's not just the words, as she points out, that are important. It's how, why and when you say them that matter just as much. "Please. . . puts a smile on your words" and "thank you" is "twice as nice." "I'm sorry" and "excuse me" are trouble words, while "may I help you" can help "make the world nice." Complimenting someone is important, as is knowing when to speak or not. Joosse presents concepts with just the right child-like appeal and humor to make kids giggle, yet appreciate her advice. Small ink-and-watercolor cartoon drawings of Harriet dressed in purple and pink against an off-white empty background lead the reader through some amusing scenarios and the dos and don'ts of each. Purple hand-lettered style-font for the representative dialogue enclosed in talking bubbles completes the design. Good words of wisdom for the right kind of manners. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399242175
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Joosse lives in Wisconsin.
Jennifer Plecas lives in Blue Springs, Missouri.

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