Synopses & Reviews
Nina is a young girl of six who is often grumpy and impolite. Her lack of respect and compassion earns her a visit to the circus of Mr. Thankyouplease, where the clever ringmaster tries to teach Nina some good manners. This picture book makes a plea for respect and politeness and explains how kind words and thoughtful manners can make life more pleasant.
"Even the flash and dazzle of the circus can't mask the didactic message of this book about manners. In the opening scene, Winters outlines his six-year-old heroine's rude tendencies: 'Nina has a big mouth. She is often grumpy and talks back.' Sent outdoors by her mother, Nina promptly scolds her dog, dresses up as a knight, and discovers something interesting: a hole within a tree that contains a circus. Nina soon meets Thankyouplease, ringmaster of the Circus of Good Manners a place with many delights to share, as long as one knows how to behave. After learning polite greetings, expressing gratitude for cotton candy and a successful stint on the trapeze, and asking a clown to ride his bicycle, Nina is a changed girl. When Nina's mother later asks if it's time to eat, Nina responds, 'Oh, yes, Mommy, please. I am sure that you've prepared a delicious dinner.' Working in deep reds and blues, Ortelli contributes sumptuous, whimsical paintings that make the circus feel like a magical place indeed yet still not as magical as Nina's transformation. Ages 5 up. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"We love this imaginative story of Nina, a girl to whom we can relate. This book is a favorite for bedtime stories!" www.bookmarkable.wordpress.com (August 29, 2011)