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If someone says, How do you feel? You say I feel WELL or ILL not I feel GOOD or BAD.That is what you say if you mean that you behave yourself or are naughty.On the heels of Manners Can Be Fun and Reading Can Be Fun comes the next acclaimed Munro Leaf book, How to Speak Politely and Why, originally published as Grammar Can Be Fun in 1934. Updated for the 21st century, How to Speak Politely and Why is a picture book with a point: proper speech and good grammar without nagging. It aims to remove "ain't" and "uh-huh" and "gimme" and "got" and a score of unfortunate nuances by a simple, sure, painless, and humorous process. In his signature style of amusing stick-figure drawings and captions, Leaf makes clear such things as the difference between can and may, and the reason why one does not say "he done it" or "she come."Exasperated parents (and grandparents) faced with the unpleasant task of dealing with grammatical lapses acquired by their children from (gasp!) their neighbor's children will be delighted (and relieved) by this veritable "grammar without tears." Teachers will find it an indispensable ally, and even the culprits themselves-the children-will discover that learning to speak politely and correctly isn't such a chore after all.

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

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (August 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789313529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789313522
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Munro Leaf is best known for the Story of Ferdinand, first published in 1936 and a bestseller ever since. He died in 1976 at the age of 71.

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An important book for kids as they are learning language. I got it for my four year old niece and she now makes it a habit of saying "yes" instead of "yeah." It seems insignificant, but is really charming and nice to hear.
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I purchased the Munroe Leaf series on manners as a tool for teaching foster children acceptable behavior. I remember the books from my childhood and as a child I loved the pictures and the no-nonsense lessons. I have found that the children in my care also have loved these books, and we use them as tools to overcome some behavior that is not acceptable in our home, or in society. I think all children would benefit from, and learn from these fun little books.
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I really wanted to like this book, but I don't. He is writing to teach children not to say words like "ain't" which I would like to think most people don't say. He has a point with the word "gimmee" but it's pretty much the only one-- I made the mistake of reading it and my daughter never said that and now she knows the word.

The rest of the book has simple conjugations-- I ran, he ran, we ran, I run, etc. that are not such an issue.

The book we need is a book modeling interactions between people saying please and thank you, not a book instructing kids not to say "ain't".

His other book, How to Behave and Why, is better, but still has that instructional feel which may not be the best way to get a message across.
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This book is well written, really for any age, I bought it for my grandchildren, but I learned so much that I now have it at my home also. What a wonderful way to open dialogue with your child regarding polite words, there really is a need for this book and the author's other 2 books on manners and behavior. I truly have enjoyed this collection and will treasure them.
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My 6 year-old actually started to say, "May I please be excused?" when wanting to leave the table! I didn't even have to ask him to do it! I just love this book and I will keep it forever. It pertains to adults, too!
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I bought this, because I liked the educational value. My son is only two and a half, so I figured this would be relegated to a shelf for a few years. I red it the night I bought it and figured that was it. Imagine my surprise when he began to ask for it every few nights! The pictures are simple and not very colorful. There is no excitement or set plot. In other words, I figured it would be very dull to children. Yet somehow he really likes this book. I like that he will eventually learn from this book and will now buy the rest of the set.
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I was born in 1958 but I had never seen these books by Munro Leaf until I was pointed in that direction because of some of my previous parenting book purchases. I ordered Manners Can Be Fun, How to Behave and Why, How to Speak Politely and Why. We read them with our 10-year-old son who wanted to read all three one after the other. Every parent should have a copy of each of these great books to share and pass down to their children. They don't talk down to children (my son is very sensitive to anything he thinks is babyish) but share good advice appropriate for ages 3 to 93. Charming illustrations have stood the test of time also. I plan to order any other titles by Munro Leaf available.
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It is always refreshing to be in the company of a child with polite verbal manners. This is, of course, true for adults, as well. How to Speak Politely and Why, is very helpful to those a bit confused with proper speech etiquette. Perhaps this book is a beginning in keeping it from becoming a lost art. While reading it with fun, it could become a valuable tool for your childs entire life.
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