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If a Very Important Person Invited You to Lunch Review by Jacquelin Caffey

By Staci Ericson, Illustrated by Steve Teare
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You can never go wrong with teaching your children manners, nor too early. I mean, would you want your child to belch out loud in the middle of dining? What about yawn, sneeze, or cough without covering their mouth? If you are looking to teach your young children all about manners in a fun way, then look no further than this gem of a book.

If a Very Important Person Invited You to Lunch, by Staci Ericson, is all about what would you do, or how would you act in front of this important person. In a fun way, this hardback book gives examples of proper manners and friendly reminders. Like what would you wear? How would you wear your hair? Would you take off your hat while inside? How would you sit at the table and enjoy your meal?

The book follows the young boy illustrated in the story as he dines with VIPs of the world. With the use of simple pictures and catchy rhymes the book helps to remind your children of what manners they should use. Because the rhymes are set to a question, the book encourages discussion of what the right answer should be.

This 25-page book retails for $12.95 and is for everyone, regardless of race or creed. The illustrator, Steve Teare, drew the characters of the story without regard to race or skin color to make it universal for all. The story is printed in early reader font for an easy read.

Overall, we have enjoyed reading this book multiple times over. I feel as if this would be a great book to give as a gift especially as the holidays approach. I know my children are excited that we have it on our book shelves. All of the questions asked are important little reminders of what one should do while in the presence of a very important person; whether it is the President of the United States or someone equally special like your mom.

—Product review by Jacquelin Caffey, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November, 2016