Achoo!: Good Manners Can Be Contagious!
Achoo!: Good Manners Can Be Contagious!

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Annotation: (back cover) This is the story of Suzy Sue, and the fateful day when she went Achoo! The truth is she sneezes, but doesn't cover her mouth, which sends her animal friends into a frenzy. It's time to teach her some manners! But have they thought of everything? A fabulous follow-up to Have you Seen my Potty?
Catalog Number: #52495
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: McQuillan, Mary,
Pages: 32
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ISBN: Publisher: 0-7641-6969-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-51029-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7641-6969-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-51029-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2008944226
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Plump-bottomed, topsy-turvy farm animals attempt to teach a young girl manners in this well-meaning if slightly awkward story that relies too heavily on rhymes segueing haphazardly into each other. But books about manners are always in demand, and the cute factor of McQuillan's art will appeal to children and caregivers alike as they learn the one mannerly rule superseding all others. In a midbook reversal, the instructee, Suzy Sue, whose hankyless sneeze precipitates the action, teaches her pedantic animal friends to "Be kind!" when they callously attempt to use other animals as object lessons. ("Don't stink like a dog, / or eat like a pig! / Don't fight like a cat, / it's not clever or big.") The emphasis on the golden rule, "Always do what you'd like others to do to you," and the nudge toward leading by example, is rarely articulated in books for the young, making this of value for all collections. For a more philosophic and sophisticated take on the principle of kindness though, Ilene Cooper's The Golden Rule (2007) is essential.
Horn Book
In this follow-up to Have You Seen My Potty?, Suzy Sue sneezes without covering her nose and mouth. This inspires a cow's lecture about manners ("Don't stink like a dog, or eat like a pig!"), which offends the girl's farm-animal friends. Some rhymes trip, but most are taut, and it's hard to resist the illustrations (e.g., the dissed animals marching with protest signs).
Kirkus Reviews
After learning to use the potty ( Have You Seen My Potty? , 2007), Suzy Sue and her farm-animal friends are back, this time teaching the very young some manners in rhyming verses with a catchy beat. When Suzy Sue sneezes in their faces, the animals decide it's high time she learned how to behave. They instruct her in three rules of etiquette: "Don't be disgusting"; "Don't eat like a pig."; "Do not fight." But in explaining these rules to the tot, they insult the dog, whom they say stinks, and the pigs, who eat too much, and the cats, whose tug-of-war rope they cut in half. Suzy Sue then intervenes and teaches the animals the rule they forget—the golden rule. While dogs and smelliness and pigs and eating often go hand in hand, the fighting cats may be a little further from readers' ken, and the illustrations are not much help in puzzling out how the cats are being rude. Still, McQuillan's whimsical cartoon animals are full of personality, and her bright colors and humorous details are sure to have readers poring over the illustrations. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 "This is the story of Suzy Sue, and the fateful day when she wentAchoo!" So starts this amusing tale of good manners and hygiene. Suzy Sue doesn't know the proper etiquette for sneezing and covering her mouth and nose. Thank goodness for her bevy of farm animals that can teach her all about it. The book covers a few of the big items, such as bathing, polite eating, sharing, and kindness, and highlights "the golden rule" in the process. The painted illustrations complement the text well. The author tries to tell the story in rhyme, but it doesn't always pan out. Still, the story is mildly humorous, and younger children will find the pictures of the animals appealing. The size and layout of the pages make this title appropriate for group sharing. While it's not the most complete book in this genre, it does hold its own. Adrienne Wilson, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Monroe, CT
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Word Count: 624
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 144566 / grade: Lower Grades

Suzy Sue is a little girl who makes her friends unhappy because she doesn't cover her mouth when she sneezes. She soon explains, "I'm ever so sorry...I just didn't know that's what I should do." With Swine Flu the #1 health issue in the news today, here is a critically important lesson about hygiene for young children to learn. One effective way to control this virus and slow down its spread involves teaching children to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough. Children have been hit hard by the Swine Flu outbreak, and Achoo! helps them understand how important it is to follow some simple rules of basic hygiene and good manners. They come to understand with Suzy Sue that they too can take practical steps to reduce their risk of getting sick or passing the flu virus on to their friends. Achoo! is a delightfully funny combination of verse and color pictures that will keep kids laughing, even as they learn that good manners and good health practices are closely interrelated. Along with covering one's mouth, children learn the importance of washing their hands, wiping their nose with a tissue instead of their hands, brushing their teeth, and many more basic rules of hygiene and good manners. And author Mij Kelly and illustrator Mary McQuillan take a light approach when teaching these lessons. Mij Kelly's funny story never becomes preachy, and Mary McQuillan's whimsical illustrations are sure to induce giggles among young readers. Meanwhile, they're passing a very important message on to children about the importance of self-protection and consideration for others during a very real health crisis.

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