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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547342489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547342481
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary is a sweet, thoughtful preschooler, who is faulted more often for speaking too softly than for calling attention to herself. After she asks her mother to take her shopping for a first-birthday present for her baby brother, Mary finds herself standing in the middle of a crowded toy store while her mother is so busy talking with a friend that she’s unaware of Mary’s quiet—and ineffectual—efforts to identify the gift she’d like to purchase. Eventually, Mary finds a louder voice with which to assert herself and all is made right. In images of expressive, bubble-headed Mary, Monescillo uses colorful watercolors occasionally textured with the underlying open-weave canvas and the addition of chalky pigments. 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. Preschool-Grade 1. --Francisca Goldsmith

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"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."
Booklist

"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

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Been there on May 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
With so many books showing off the outspoken child, this is a wonderful look at the more timid soul who is sure to identify with Mary Wrightly. Parents who want to encourage a giving spirit and affection between siblings will also value this book. Author Shirin Bridges brings us another cleaver story with endearing illustrations. Her Ruby's Wish is one of my favorites.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was recommended by a friend because my daughter is very polite, but nobody would ever know it, because she is barely audible in public, just like Mary Wrightly. This book teaches assertiveness without diminishing the politeness, which I love. It also has an underlying message of being a caring big sister to a baby brother as Mary searches for the perfect present for him. To avoid insipidity, there's a humorous twist at the end.

My daughter is 2.5 years old and the book is perfect for her, but I can easily see this appealing to 6+. Many children who are quieter or more timid will identify with the protagonist. In fact, I think it's a good lesson for adults who don't really speak up for themselves, too. Overall, a beautifully written book that serves a purpose. I would give six stars if I could.
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More About the Author

Shirin Yim Bridges is the author of Ruby's Wish, one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2002 and winner of the 2003 Ezra Jack Keats award; The Umbrella Queen, named one of the Best Children's Books of 2008 by TIME magazine; the forthcoming Mary Wrightly So Politely; and The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses. All her books are about girls who manage to exert themselves and do the unexpected. Shirin lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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