Books by Peggy Post

EMILY'S NEW FRIEND by Cindy Post Senning
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Ethan's move to Emily's town gives both children a chance to practice making and being a good friend. Ethan's fears of being a newcomer are assuaged when Emily arrives (with her parents and a plate of cookies) to introduce herself. She offers to help unload the moving van and shows Ethan around town. Soon the two are inseparable. They use their manners and respect wherever they go, sharing, being considerate, listening, helping to clean up, cheering each other on, using their magic words and helping each other out. The narration tells rather than shows readers how Ethan and Emily are being good friends. Björkman's brightly colored watercolor-and-ink illustrations add a welcome touch of levity to the overearnest text; readers will especially enjoy the antics of the two dogs. Small vignettes allow the artwork to match the many activities of the characters. Readers who need some brushing up on making and keeping friends may find this latest in the Emily Post series helpful, although others may find Emily and Ethan's role-model-perfect manners more than a bit too much. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

This deceptively slim guide teems with advice about everything from meal courses to table settings, from the art of conversation to dining out. The tone is measured and mildly proscriptive, offset by Björkman's amusing cartoons. While the writing is smoothly expository, there's an occasional, awkward attempt to court the modern child's sensibility, as in intermittent "Picture This" scenarios. ("Picture this. You have planned an awesome party. Your parents are going to help you with preparing a special meal. You have a DVD of the best concert given by your favorite group.") The organization somewhat randomly mixes paragraphs, bulleted lists, Q-and-A sections and text boxes, yet it seems curiously, and perhaps intentionally, old-fashioned. A strength: the excellent troubleshooting for specific concerns, such as eating fondue and using chopsticks. While geared to those already possessing a few manners—what with concerns for lemon wedges and dessert forks—there's plenty to chew on here. (Nonfiction. 8-12)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Senning and Post (both of the Emily Post Institute) continue their series on appropriate children's manners with this holiday offering starring their signature character, a girl appropriately named Emily. She is an amazingly well-mannered child who loves the Christmas season and all the preparations for the holiday. The text focuses on the many ways that Emily helps others, firmly stating that such gifts of time and labor are as valuable as material presents. Emily is shown doing household chores, helping friends and family and assisting others that she has just met. On Christmas Eve, Emily leaves a polite and proper letter for Santa, and she receives her own thank-you note from Santa in return. While helping others and sending courteous notes are worthwhile objectives, the lessons in manners are delivered here in a heavy-handed way that will appeal more to grown-ups than children. Björkman's amusing watercolor-and-ink illustrations in his characteristic, loose style have a light, frothy appeal, conveying the excitement and emotion of the season, but they aren't enough to leaven the didactic text. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >