The Magic Word by Sherrill S. Cannon is the third book that she’s written, and the winner of no less than six awards. It’s a cute and uplifting tale about how good manners can affect your life. We’ve previously reviewed Manner-Man and Santa’s Birthday Gift by Ms. Cannon and this book follows her rhythmic rhyming style throughout and keeps the children captivated. My children have loved the previous books they’ve read by Ms. Cannon and they couldn’t wait to read this one when they saw what was in a surprise package from Ms. Cannon one morning! The Magic Word is the story of Elisabeth Keys who does as she would please, but soon finds out being rude and inconsiderate will bring her to her knees. No one wants to go to her birthday party. She doesn’t understand why and is upset. Her mother sits down with her and explains that Elisabeth’s actions have not been very sociable and tells her some important strategies she can use to try to turn things around.
It doesn’t take long before everyone in Elisabeth’s class,including her teacher has RSVP’d to her party invitations and she’s made herself some friends. What started out as a sad story turned out well with the addition of the Magic Word.
The above image was taken from Freado, where you’ll find a sample of The Magic Word as Ms. Cannon likes her readers to have a sneak preview of her work. “I love the music of words, and I try to help children hear that music…” If you like what you see, you can find out more about Sherrill on her webpage, follow her on Facebook, or learn more about raising money for the JM Foundation.
Sherrill is the mother of four children and is Grandmother to ten! She loves to travel from coast to coast visiting her family and no-doubt finds lots of inspiration along the way for future books and plays (yes, she also writes plays!).
I’ve always know the Magic Word phrase growing up and I’m pleased to see it’s still around today! Being polite and respectful are two of the most important rules in our home. Inevitably there are times each of us (yes, even us parents) can get a little lazy and forget so we all help give each other gentle reminders when needed.
If the children say “I want that”, I remind them it sounds much nicer to hear “May I have some juice, please?”. Then they smile and rephrase their request with a sparkle in their eye. Kallista is so cute this week being polite and using the Magic Word, I mean actually saying “I’ve said the Magic Word!” after politely asking for a cup of water. And we’re working on Phil saying “Give that to me”. But he may be a tougher nut to crack!
The Magic Word carries a good message for the playground, school, nursery, daycare, and family situations. Tristan says about The Magic Word, “It’s awesome! All of it is my favourite book. Daddy can read it, too. It’s all about manners. What kind of manners should you use? Please and thank you. Excuse me. May I have a turn, please? I think loads of people should read this book. Who ever does not have good manners.” And I whole-heartedly agree with my son on his opinion of The Magic Word!
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