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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060571969
  • ASIN: B00150B29M
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,876,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-7–Post and Senning pinpoint the three main factors in etiquette as respect, consideration, and honesty. The book begins with a chapter on everyday life, which consists of thank yous and other written and spoken words, privacy, greetings and introductions, and techno-manners. The treatment of chat rooms, message boards, e-mail, pagers, and computers offers guidelines that protect users while facilitating positive, healthy interactions. Subsequent chapters take on family relations within the home, situations at school, social events, manners at the mall and concerts, hospital visits, religious events and weddings, and travel. Eating out, whether fast food or fine dining, is covered, as are funerals, taxis, and interacting with a person with a disability. The writing is clear, friendly, and sometimes clever, putting readers at ease and raising myriad possibilities through the use of "what if" scenarios, complete with possible dialogue and even multiple-choice answers. Lists of "Always and Nevers" provide quick reference for things like taking messages, making introductions, and borrowing personal items. "Sticky Situations" offers solutions to avoid embarrassment. The advice is consistently practical and simple, and is addressed to boys as well as girls ("Always put the toilet seat down"). Divorce or remarriage is treated compassionately, with specific suggestions for reacting honestly and considerately toward all parties. Simple sketch drawings adorn the text sporadically, offering humor but no additional information. A fine update to Elizabeth James and Carol Barkin's Social Smarts: Manners for Today's Kids (Clarion, 1996).–Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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From Booklist

Gr. 4-7. Now more than ever, young people need to know about etiquette--the social glue that keeps modern life from becoming like an episode of Survivor. Certainly this book has its heart in the right place. It outlines good manners at home, at school, at play, while visiting or traveling, and at weddings and other occasions (including funerals). The tone, however, is often prissy, and some of the events--a picnic at the beach, miniature golf, a luau--seem to be straight out of the 1950s rather than the twenty-first century. The chat and e-mail rules also seem a little out of touch with real technology, and cell-phone etiquette is handled bravely if not well. Necessary but not fun. Illustrated with line drawings. GraceAnne DeCandido
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darbra Lohrding on April 5, 2009
Format: Library Binding
Emily Post tackle's the issue of "Table Manners for Kids". This book is co-authored by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, daughters of Emily. From how to eat cherry tomato's, to the proper way to set the table, to how to apologize for a slip up while at the table, to how to throw a dinner party, this book covers it all with easy to understand picture's along with question and answer segments. Kids will be delighted in how this book addresses common mistakes, makes light of them and moves on to the correct way to handle the situation. Nobody learns well when they receive table manner lessons while being ridiculed for their behavior at the table, and this book takes on the job of addressing common do's and do not's without the fear of being criticized. As an adult, I would recommend this book to people of all ages who have interaction with children, be their interaction daily or monthly, for our action's are the best teachers. This is an enjoyable read and I learned quite a lot regarding "proper table manners". Similar to how "slang" has infected our language; "slangish manner's" have infected our table habits and show up as a lack of respect for our selves and others while at the table.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Hart on July 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I think this is a good book. My 12 yr old read it and I recommended it to a friend. I am complimented constantly on my childrens behaviors. My daughter would stay up reading this. Maybe I am old fashioned and maybe the kids are but manners and etiquette go back many many yrs, theres even some history on where etiquette started.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been reading this book to my 8 and 10 year olds, a section each night before bed. They are interested and curious about what the right thing to do actually is. This has helped them with sleepovers, being a guest, and a host(ess.) My son said that he always heard to mind his manners, but he wasn't sure what the manners were, and this book has helped to clarify.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W. Mackey on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While reading this book to my children, we found that there were many great "rules" of etiquette and manners that really helped to educate all of us! However, the book seemed a little out of touch at times and didn't seem to truly relate to today's world, even though computer and internet etiquette were discussed. Some of the "what should I do in this situation?" seemed like an answer from grandma rather than an answer from someone dealing with life today. Manners are timeless, but how you apply them and how you respond is different today than other generations. This book was OK, but I wouldn't read it again or recommend it to a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Abel on August 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I used this book to help write a manners course for kids. It was helpful, but not as good as some other materials purchased. Would have liked a broader scope, but what they did was useful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Summer H. Helms on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
While its never to early to start good manners, this book seems geared toward the early teens. Maybe I did not read it carefully but I was hoping for a book to help me start with manners in my 3 year old! This is not it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Diehl on January 11, 2014
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Excellent selection for all, especially my adorable grandsons. They are great kids but need a little toning down every so often. This book works wonders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom Josephine on November 23, 2013
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Good book. It is very thorough. Covers all areas of manners and etiquette including cell phone, e-mailing, and Internet manners. Good manners is being kind, courteous, and polite;
behavior that is lacking in not only children but, adults too.
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