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
I bought this book along with a selection of other "tea time" items as a gift for a friend's six year old granddaughter. What a big hit the whole thing has been. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Watkins
"Children's Tea and Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds" by Dorothea Johnson and John Harney, with illustrations by Dawn Peterson, is a great book for young children,... Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by S. M. Kwandrans