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How to Behave at a Tea Party by Madelyn…

How to Behave at a Tea Party

by Madelyn Rosenberg

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Big sister tries to teach little brother the rules of having a tea party. She's stereotypically frilly and girly; he's stereotypically a bit destructive and into everything.As you'd expect, all is a disaster and the guests (brother and neighboring twins) run off after they've wreaked havoc. But if you want a tea party, you have to reinvite the guests and be a bit more open to different kinds of fun. And she does just that. Turning tablecloths into capes, climbing trees turns out to be more fun. ( )
  pataustin | Nov 10, 2014 |
Julia invites her brother, Charles, to her tea party, but when his friends show up along with the dog, who wants to eat the peonies, and a frog that jumps in the teacups, the party becomes a disaster. No one is listening to an increasingly bossy Julia and, in frustration, she yells and sends them all scurrying away. But you can’t have a tea party without guests, so Julia tries again and re-invites her brother and lets him bring his friends.

The book is only 32 pages long with cute and often humorous illustrations. There is not a lot of text with only a sentence or two on each page. The book is intended for preschool children and beginning readers. Besides teaching etiquette and manners, Julia also learns tolerance and acceptance of others. And, I suppose, a glimpse of what it’s like in the real world. I would have liked it a little more if it taught the same lesson without using stereotypical ‘girl’ behavior vs ‘boy’ behavior. ( )
  UnderMyAppleTree | Nov 7, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062279262, Hardcover)

What happens when opinionated Julia tries to teach her carefree little brother, Charles, how to behave at a tea party? This sweet and silly take on the classic manners theme is filled with sibling antics, laugh-out-loud moments, big imagination, and plenty of heart, making it perfect for readers of modern classics such as Fancy Nancy and Ladybug Girl. It's also great for parents of tantrum-throwing preschoolers looking to impart some wisdom on how to cope with life's surprises.

Julia wants nothing more than to teach Charles proper tea party etiquette, but things are not going as planned. The tiny sandwiches have been gobbled up by the dog, Charles is using sugar cubes as building blocks, and the neighbor kids have eaten the centerpiece. Will Julia and Charles find a way to play together?

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