Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Manners Can Be Fun

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Universe (May 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0789310619

Book Description:

If we want something we say PLEASE. We say THANK YOU if you help us or give us something or do things for us. Before we leave the table we ask if we may be excused. And say THANK YOU if we are told we may. Continuing the success of How to Behave and Why-with hundreds of thousands of copies sold, 50,000 in the last year and a half alone! -comes another gem from the trove of Munro Leaf. Considered his second most popular book, Manners Can Be Fun was first published in 1936 and is among Munro Leaf's acclaimed "Fun" series, which includes Grammar, Reading, and History. In his signature style of stick-figure illustrations and wholesome text, this charming guide, in which courtesy does not have to be a chore or a response to scolding, makes manners a delight to learn. With such characters as the Mefirsts and the Whineys, children can laugh while absorbing the elementary rules of thoughtfulness and etiquette. To listen, cooperate, act graciously, and share, among others, are invaluable lessons that should never be underestimated, and that help make happy, well-adjusted, and secure children who will one day grow up to be happy, well-adjusted, and secure adults.

About the Author:

Munro Leaf is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books. He is best known for The Story of Ferdinand, first published in 1936 and a bestseller ever since.

My Review:
I have just recently started collecting children's books, which I plan on reading to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Manners Can Be Fun, a book about courtesy, is my newest purchase. It carries a very simple message about respecting other people, including family members--an essential message young children can easily understand and should be taught in the home. The illustrations are those children themselves might draw, and I'm sure would relate to and enjoy. I'm very pleased with this sweet little book and can't wait to share it with my family.

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