I received this book for free from Charlesbridge Publishing at BEA 2016. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Freda Says Please by Stuart J. Murphy
Published on August 1, 2013.
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.”
In general I prefer when books with a lesson are more subtle. This book is pretty obvious about it’s intent to teach manners. Freya is playing school with her stuffed animals, and her friend Percy wants to join her. He gets upset that she never says please, like their teacher Miss Cathy. He corrects her a lot, and she starts saying please. Had I read this book alone, I probably wouldn’t have liked it as much.
But it sparked some great conversation with my 6 year old. Maybe kids need the lesson to be more obvious. He didn’t seem to mind at all, and thought the story was good. We discussed manners and saying Please, Thank You, and You’re Welcome, like the characters in the book. The questions at the end prompted even more discussion, and I learned about something that had happened at camp that day, which he would have never shared without this book. I think we’ll read this one again soon. Everyone can use reminders about using manners, even me!
My Rating: 4 stars
I’m linking up with Booking Mama today for Kid Konnection. Every Saturday Julie hosts this link up for all things relating to children’s books.
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