Emily's New Friend
What It Is
For nearly a century, the name Emily Post has been synonymous with etiquette and good manners. Now, her great-granddaughter and great-granddaughter-in-law continue this tradition for a new generation through the Emily Post Institute and a series of children’s books. Emily, the appropriately named main character, is the only child her age in the neighborhood and often feels lonely. To her delight, a boy her age moves in, and she eagerly welcomes him with fresh-baked cookies and her friendship. Though Ethan is nervous about his new environment, her friendship quickly puts him at ease. Emily shows Ethan the town, shares her toys, and they discover that they have a lot in common. Like good friends, they support each other in good times and bad, show respect by using good manners, telling the truth and listening to each other. They also include other kids when they play and even though they may have differences, consider themselves very best friends.
Why It’s Fun
Emily and Ethan’s story of friendship makes a terrific book for kids and parents to cuddle up and read together. It’s simply a nice “warm and fuzzy” selection, which is okay. Not every book has to be “funny” to be effective.
Who’s Going To Love It
Parents and teachers will find this newly released book to be a valuable tool in demonstrating good social skills for little ones (and a useful reminder for adults!). The story’s simplicity and light approach make it easy for younger kids to understand and absorb the lessons that the Post women are teaching us. In addition to “please,” “thank you” and other basics; respect, consideration and honesty are equally as important in building friendships, if not more so. Young Emily shows us that being a good friend yields many rewards, and in this age of sassy female and male “role models” that are too cool for words, it’s wonderful to see that being a good person and friend are still what really matters.
About three minutes
8 out of 10
Emily’s New Friend
By: Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post, Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
Published by: Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (2010)
Approximate retail price: $16.99 (hardcover)
Publisher’s recommended ages: 4 - 7