Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun story about two things I like (tea and partying), and how they can go incredibly wrong!
How to Behave at a Tea Party
By Madelyn Rosenberg
Illustrated by Heather Ross
32 pages – ages 4
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 9, 2014
Theme/Topic- Being flexible /
Opening and Synopsis- Opening – First, you open the invitation.
Synopsis – All Julia wants is to have a fancy tea party. What’s so hard about that? Just add in a playful little brother, a hungry dog, an unlucky frog, and two young rough-housing neighbors. Easy tea party, right?
Why I liked this book- Ms. Rosenberg has written a marvelous picture book about a young girl who wants to throw a “fancy” tea party but all she has is not so fancy guests. The book has a subtle, but great, message – be flexible – improvise! Live life to the fullest! The book is told in the form of Julia telling rules about a tea party. She says things like “You must NOT slurp like a moose. Or burp like Uncle Victor.” I love how the book shows that things may not go the way you plan, but you can still have fun. The illustrations are really funny, and have little details in them that are fun to look at!
Activities and Resources-
HarperCollins has an awesome make your own fancy hat activity to go with the book! You can click HERE to go to it.
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