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Children's Tea and Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds Hardcover – October 27, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Press; 1 edition (October 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966347897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966347890
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children's Tea & Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds is more than a simple picturebook - it is a thoughtful etiquette manual to instruct readers in how to properly enjoy afternoon tea. Many of the social graces discussed extend into the practice of the general world. From basic polite phrases such as "please", "thank you", "may I", and "you're welcome", to what RSVP means, to table manners for a tea party (such as not picking up one's napkin until the host has), to the importance of writing a thank-you note, Children's Tea & Etiquette is highly recommended as an instructional tool for preparing young people to do well in formal situations. Beautiful, soft pastel color illustrations by Dawn Peterson, a handful of recipes, and notes on the history of tea parties round out this good manners primer. --Midwest Book Review

I was pleased to discover the book Children's Tea & Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds while looking for a tea set for our planned tea party for Z's third birthday, and its publisher, Benjamin Press, was kind enough to send us a copy.

Children's Tea & Etiquette takes the form of a story with the two main characters getting invited to attend a tea party with by their grandparents. The story leads the reader through all of the proper steps of etiquette for attending an event - what an R.S.V.P. is and how to provide one, how to introduce yourself, how to hold a napkin, how to ask for something you can't reach, what types of treats are generally offered at a tea party and how to eat them, how to excuse yourself, the well-known "magic words" (please/thank you/etc.) and sending a thank-you note.

The book also includes a very brief history of tea and several recipes for treats mentioned in the book so parents can arrange their own tea parties.

The text in the book is simple, positive, and encouraging; while it might feel saccharine in other contexts, this is the writing style I have found that most etiquette books take, and I think it's the most effective. We have other books that try to address children's manners (Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?) but I have found that many of them present such an outrageous "bad" behavior, that I wonder if that bad behavior is more memorably modeled than the good behavior that we hope to impart.

The other thing that I like about Children's Tea and Etiquette is that it takes you through an event from start to finish, and thus is able to cover multiple aspects of etiquette rather than just focusing on table manners.

We recommend this book for children ages four and up. --Z Recommends Blogspot

From the Publisher

Dorothea Johnson's is one of America's leading voices in calling for a return to etiquette and protocol. She is a regular guest on the ELLEN tv show and you can find her quoted in magazines and newspapers nationwide. Her love for teaching dining etiquette to children and grandchildren was inspired by her close relationship with her own granddaughter, actress Liv Tyler.

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The book should not have in "young minds" in the title.
T Daniels
This is a very good book for the older child interested in learning about the history of tea, and about good etiquette.
Ellen M. Wasilewski
The storyline is quite good and the illustrations are beautiful.
Brenda N.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Children's Tea & Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds is more than a simple picturebook - it is a thoughtful etiquette manual to instruct readers in how to properly enjoy afternoon tea. Many of the social graces discussed extend into the practice of the general world. From basic polite phrases such as "please", "thank you", "may I", and "you're welcome", to what RSVP means, to table manners for a tea party (such as not picking up one's napkin until the host has), to the importance of writing a thank-you note, Children's Tea & Etiquette is highly recommended as an instructional tool for preparing young people to do well in formal situations. Beautiful, soft pastel color illustrations by Dawn Peterson, a handful of recipes, and notes on the history of tea parties round out this good manners primer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T Daniels on April 10, 2009
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This books is for much older children. I would suggest 9 and older. I brought it for my seven year old. The book should not have in "young minds" in the title. 1/4 of the book is recipe. It gives the history of tea, but It does not keep a young child's interest. My child says it tells you simple etiquette that most children know already such as saying thank you and not talking with food in your mouths. I was very disappointed in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. Wasilewski on January 2, 2008
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This is a very good book for the older child interested in learning about the history of tea, and about good etiquette.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brenda S. Frazier on February 6, 2007
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I found the book to be absolutely delightful. My etiquette students will have fun putting together their first tea!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harvey D. Correll on March 11, 2009
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We have a Brownie Troop and their Mothers Day gift to their mother is a Tea Party that they are making happen and this book provided all the answers. Great addition to our library
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This is a lovely book. I had seen it in a book store and knew I could get a better price on Amazon. The color illustrations are beautiful and I received it promptly. I enjoyed it as much as my daughter and granddaughter did.
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