Perfect Picture Book Friday! How to Behave at a Tea Party by Madelyn Rosenberg

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun story about two things I like (tea and partying), and how they can go incredibly wrong!

teapartyHow to Behave at a Tea Party
By Madelyn Rosenberg

Illustrated by Heather Ross
32 pages – ages 4+
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 9, 2014

Theme/Topic- Being flexible /

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – First, you open the invitation.

Synopsis – All Julia wants is to have a fancy tea party. What’s so hard about that? Just add in a playful little brother, a hungry dog, an unlucky frog, and two young rough-housing neighbors. Easy tea party, right?

Why I liked this book- Ms. Rosenberg has written a marvelous picture book about a young girl who wants to throw a “fancy” tea party but all she has is not so fancy guests. 🙂  The book has a subtle, but great, message – be flexible – improvise! Live life to the fullest! The book is told in the form of Julia telling rules about a tea party. She says things like “You must NOT slurp like a moose. Or burp like Uncle Victor.” I love how the book shows that things may not go the way you plan, but you can still have fun. The illustrations are really funny, and have little details in them that are fun to look at!

Activities and Resources- 

HarperCollins has an awesome make your own fancy hat activity to go with the book! You can click HERE to go to it.

Fancy Hat Activity from HarperCollins

Fancy Hat Activity from HarperCollins

How about throwing your own “fancy” or even silly tea party! Who will you invite? What rules will you have?

I will have a silly tea party where you must

1. Hang upside down from a tree

2. Serve only donuts

3. You have to talk in a Downton Abbey accent


Fotolia License © Alena Kozlova

Fotolia License © Alena Kozlova

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46 replies

  1. Sounds very cute 🙂

  2. This sounds Tea-totally cool and what a great message!

  3. Is this the same one Jama had on her blog recently? It sounds so cool.

  4. I love tea parties and this book sounds awesome. It would be fun to come to your tea party.

  5. OH yes — I’d love to come to your tea party. Doughnuts for everyone — and the Downton Abbey accent. Perfect!! Fun review, ETGE! Do I really have to hang upside down? 🙂

  6. What a fun book. I love that it incorporates flexibility and humor. Love the video.

  7. I’m coming to the DA accent party!

  8. Many thanks, Erik. I am working on my Dowager Countess accent as we speak!

  9. Definitely looks cute – and fun! Thanks, Erik!

  10. Ha, this is a really fun book. Thanks Erik!

  11. Donuts? Trees? Downton Abbey accent? I’m there!!

  12. I’ve always wanted to go to a tea party. But I didn’t know there were RULES! I hate those things.

    Love and licks,

  13. A book that belongs on a shelf, right next to TEA REX and TEA PARTY RULES! 😀

  14. Oh this looks like a fun one.

  15. This would be fun to read side-by-side with TEA PARTY RULES. Thanks for a fun recommendation. I’m adding it to my library hold list.

  16. The kid should cut Uncle Victor some slack. The guy has digestive issues!

  17. I would have hot dogs and carrots at my tea party. And BIG teacups for slurping!

  18. Manners smanners tea parties are supposed to be fun!

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