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Little Dos & Don'ts: A Gift Box Set Hardcover – January 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; LTF SLP edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448445735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448445731
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Check out my newest book WIGGLE YOUR TOES! A Book to pull,fluff, and wiggle!

I have always been interested in folk art from around the world, Indian miniatures, Mexican ceramics, fabrics, Chagall, Matisse, children's art, and primitive painting, and I love to paint and experiment with pattern, texture, collage and color. The careers I've had--as a costume designer, a quilt maker, a fabric artist, and a graphic designer--have taken all these interests into account. Looking back, I can see that these passions and career choices have played a large part in influencing me to become a children's book author and illustrator.

But most importantly, it was after my husband and I adopted our daughter from Guatemala that I was inspired to do a children's book for her. My first book, Over the Moon, was the story of that magical experience of welcoming our daughter Lena into our lives. I painted, I drew, I collaged, and I wrote, and after working very hard... a beautiful book was born! Twenty-two books later, my daughter--now fourteen years old--still is an inspiration for me.

I am fascinated by babies and little kids. The simplest words and gestures can make them laugh. Sometimes standing in line at the supermarket and watching kids in grocery carts, my best ideas are born.

I am fascinated by people from all over the world and what they look like and how they live and the differences that make us all unique.

When an idea pops into my head I ask these questions:
Will a child want to read this book?
Will a parent want to read this book with their child?
Will this book make a parent and child feel something?
Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest?
Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book?
If the answer is yes, then I know I'm on the right track.

I am very lucky to get to do what I do. Everyday I go into my studio and have fun. Don't get me wrong, some days are very frustrating. Sometimes the colors are all wrong and the words don't sound right. But after I work at it for a while...and try to do it a different way...and think...and change the words or colors...and try some more...suddenly, there it is--a great page of writing, or a great illustration. And nothing is more satisfying than that.

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As for "No Hitting!", we don't read it much to her, because she doesn't hit other kids, and we don't feel the need to give her any ideas.
BostonMama
Would recommend these books for any pre-schooler.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By troolivin on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
No Hitting! and Excuse Me! give straightforward Dos and Don'ts that speak to a toddler's comprehension abilities. I highly recommend these to open discussions with toddlers about the lessons of dealing properly with anger and learning manners. I like to use No Hitting! at the end of a timeout where one of those "no-nos" has been committed.

However, I Can Share seems to have caused more problems with my almost-3-yr-old daughter. It is too subtle in its lessons, with each situation presented requiring additional parental explanation. This, of course, doesn't hold a toddler's interest, and till Mom's done explaining how the children went from "mine!" to "sharing" (which they never actually do, instead offering playmates less desirable alternatives), the child has already moved on to the next page. This book has done nothing but give my child the proper terminology to express "Mine! You can't have it!" as this is the only phrase that gets constant repitition in the book. As we all know, repetition is key to getting through to a toddler. Perhaps it's more effective with an older toddler or young child who can better grasp the abstract notion of sharing as it's presented here. For now, I've hidden this book from my daughter and am waiting for its effects to fade.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Y. Chan on August 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My daughter enjoys many other Karen Katz books, but I decided to return this gift set and purchase the other two titles separately because I don't like the lessons "I Can Share" teaches. It's really not so much about sharing as about how to amiably get around sharing. Each page presents a scenario when the child doesn't want to share, but unfortunately, the solution is not about compromise but about offering an alternative. It hasn't occurred to my daughter to not want to share in some of the scenarios presented, so I'm also concerned that the strong repetition of the not sharing theme would actually give her new ideas. "Excuse Me" is charming. My favorite title of the set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine on September 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We purchased these books as a birthday present for my 2 yo. I also purchased No Biting and A Potty for Me by Karen Katz. The books are fun to read. My only complaint, similiar to all books of this sort, is that the flap that opens up gets ripped off by excited/frusterated toddlers. I already have several that I've taped and retaped!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BostonMama on April 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I fully reviewed "I Can Share" (which I thought was terrible), so I won't repeat that review here. (Search for that book and read the reviews there before purchasing; it receives very low scores from parents.) "Excuse Me!", however,is a wonderful book, and after reading it a couple of times, my daughter (who received it at 18 months and is now almost 2), immediately began putting it to use. She says "Excuse Me!" at the appropriate times, covers her mouth appropriately, etc., which is rather unexpected by most people at her age, so we get a lot of compliments on her manners. :) As for "No Hitting!", we don't read it much to her, because she doesn't hit other kids, and we don't feel the need to give her any ideas. But, it is there if we need it. If I was buying these now (they were a gift), I would skip the sharing book altogether, buy the manners book, and wait and see if I needed the hitting book before purchasing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lookin' 4 the best deal on January 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Set has large full page flaps unlike other Katz books we have. Wording is basic. My son likes the Excuse Me book the best.
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