Julia's little brother doesn't know how to behave at a tea party. She will show Charles that slurping and burping are not allowed, that teacups are not building blocks, and that underwear does not count as a fancy hat. Charles will teach Julia that tea parties sometimes require deep breaths, and welcoming unexpected guests, and that maybe--just maybe--there is more than one way to properly behave.
How do you behave at a tea party? Well, Julia knows all about the proper etiquette to hosting the perfect tea party and she is determined to teach her younger brother Charles. There are many things you must do to get ready for a tea party... First, you open your invitation; next, wash your elbow and knee; put on your fancy clothes and eventually, hold your tea cup nicely by the handle. Unfortunately, she learns that some guests have their own idea how to behave at tea parties that do not always match hers.
This was a cute story with a funny twist about being flexible and finding out there is no perfect way to do things. Many kids might relate to the sibling relationship as Julia wants Charles and the neighbor boys to behave a certain way; yet instead they have their own minds about things. The boys do cause quite a bit of mayhem and you feel Julia's frustration as she gets angry and yells at them to go away. But with a second thought, she opens up to the situation and ends up throwing the best party after all. This would be a fun read-aloud for a tea party play date with plenty of giggles. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 4-7.~
Title: How to Behave at a Tea Party
Author: Madeyln Rosenberg
Pub. Date: September 2014, Katherine Tegan Books
Genre: picture book
Hardcover, 32 pgs.