The Magic Word
Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Group (2011)
Reviewed by Max Aures (age 4.5) and Mom for Reader Views (5/11)
“In the beginning of the book, the girl Elisabeth wasn’t a very nice girl. She did a lot of naughty things and it says that she never said ‘please’ or ‘thank you.’ Lots of people didn’t want to play with her. She didn’t share things. I wouldn’t want to play with her either. When she had a party no one wanted to come. They didn’t like her very much. Then, her mom told her to start saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ My favorite part of the book was when she said ‘please’ at school. I think those kids almost fell over when she said that because she never does!”
“The Magic Word” is a wonderful book to teach young children the importance of having good manners. Cannon uses the main character to illustrate what happens when good manners are not exercised and then shows how things change when manners are used. My child was able to relate to the characters and we really enjoyed the lesson taught in the book.