Mary Wrightly, So Politely (Hardcover)
Harcourt Children's Books, 9780547342481, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 16, 2013
Praise For Mary Wrightly, So Politely…
"A powerful, much-needed argument for the virtues of civility . . . a nearly perfect parable about being true to oneself in a rough-and-tumble world."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Understated and sunny itself, this picture book subtly prescribes behavior for situations dire and everyday. So, um, well, will you give it a read...please?"
—Kirkus, starred review
"Mary, with her wavy blond hair and rosy pink cheeks, is an endearing character who learns when to speak up for herself."
—School Library Journal
"Bridges' text employs a gentle rhythm and spare language to create a real story out of its underlying theme: being polite and assertive are both important."
"Sometimes you just have to tell people what you want. And what this smart, affecting and original story wants is some well-deserved attention."
—The New York Times Online
"This would be a fine picture book for a young girl whose good manners could use tweaking."
—The Wall Street Journal
"This gently paced tale shows children there's room for both courtesy and confidence."
—Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness, starred review
"[Mary] is endearing in her shy sweetness."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books