Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Shirin Yim Bridges
Illustrator: Maria Monescillo
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Mary Wrightly is a quiet, well-mannered little girl. She always says “please” and “thank you” and is quick to apologize. Sometimes she finds it hard to speak up. However, when she and her mother go to the store to find a birthday present for her baby brother, Mary realizes quickly that she will have to speak up or chance not getting a present. She finally finds the perfect gift, but someone almost whisks it away. Thankfully, Mary finds a way to speak up, while still being polite, and is able to wish her brother a happy birthday with a cute new toy!
This book is adorable. It is perfect for starting a discussion about manners and could be used in the classroom, or even as just a fun book to read at home. The illustrations are cute and colorful, with soft edges. The quality of the pictures as well as Mary’s mellow personality create a light, pleasant theme throughout the book. Children should be taught good manners, but also recognize that having good manners doesn’t mean letting people walk all over you. Teaching kids to stand up for themselves, politely and respectfully, is a necessary skill and Mary Wrightly, So Politely provides a great context to do so.