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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (May 23, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780688045791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688045791
  • ASIN: 0688045790
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The wonderful Aliki Brandenberg has written and illustrated more children's books than many kids have read. (She's got 133 listings right here at Amazon.com.) This time she brings us a paperback version of her 1990 hardcover Manners, a cheery, funny dissertation on how and, more important, why to be a polite child.

A combination of hilarious, colorful illustrations, comic-bookish playlets such as "You Are Interrupting Again, Leon," some of what a grown up might call role-playing, and miscellaneous other gems, the book adds up to the best child's handbook on manners since the Goops showed up at the end of the 19th century.

[Offered for ages 4 and up, but useful to any child, family, or k-3 classroom.]

From Publishers Weekly

This popular and prolific author-artist here examines an important topic for children--good manners: how to achieve them and how to maintain them. Every page brims with etiquette tips, expressed by small-sized figures drawn in Aliki's customarily cheery style. If there is a problem here, it is one of excess: the dos and don'ts fly by so thick and fast that readers may have difficulty grasping them. A lack of organization may further confuse the book's users. The subjects are broached in no discernible order, and text is presented willy-nilly in captions under pictures and in cartoon-style balloons. One page bears the heading "Ouch," and depicts two girls strolling down the street as another girl approaches. The copy above the picture reads, "Here comes Alexa. / Let's ignore her," while two tiny birds below--they and several animal friends make pertinent and impertinent asides throughout--say "bad manners and bad feelings" and "Is Alexa going to go home and cry?" Cause and effect seem to be missing here, and the main issue glossed over. Though certainly well-intentioned, this book may prove more chaotic than constructive. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Aliki is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children that are treasured by readers all over the world. Her many well-loved titles include My Visit to the Zoo, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, Tabby, and Those Summers. Aliki lives near the Globe theater, in London, England.

In Her Own Words..."Aliki grew up in Philadelphia in a big Greek family where everyone was busy creating and sharing their activities. She knew from the time she was in kindergarten that she wanted to bean artist, although music was also a natural talent. She was encouraged throughout her early life by her parents and by teachers she will never forget."She graduated from the Philadelphia Collegeof Art and started a career in advertising art. After she married Franz Brandenberg, Aliki continued her career in his country, Switzerland, where they lived for three years. It was there that she wrote and illustrated her first book, The Story of William Tell, which was published in England. When they moved to New York, Aliki wrote and illustrated My Five Senses--the book that changed the direction of her career and her life.

Although she had never thought of being a writer, Aliki has been making books ever since. Children's books, she says, are a combination of two things I love: words and pictures. I also love the privacy of books--both reading them and making them. Aliki writes fiction, in which she can express her feelings, and nonfiction research books about subjects she's interested in and wants to know more about. Each book is a new challenge; each is different, she says. The subject directs the way I illustrate a book, the same way friends bring out different parts of us. The challenge is to get the words right and then to make pictures that expand and enhance their meaning.""Besides her own books, Aliki has illustrated many written by Franz Brandenberg and other authors. Her two children are also in the arts. Jason is a filmmaker and Alexa is a children's book author-illustrator. They appear in almost all of her books as cats, mice, or themselves.

Aliki loves music, theater, cinema, museums, children, her cat, Nefertiti, and working in her garden in London, where she lives. She travels frequently to the U.S., Greece, Switzerland, and other parts of the world, though most of the time she is alone in her studio with the books she is working on--and Mozart."

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This book is the best book on manners for children.
E. Chang
I have read it to my four-year-old about five times (it's a long read for one sitting).
"wenpen"
They can relate a lot of situations in this book to their own limited experience.
Jingyu Li

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By NoelleInAZ on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Aliki's books are excellent teaching tools for preschoolers (and kids of all ages). Our preschooler loves to read this book. Each page has a different story about manners told in a comic-strip fashion. YOu can read just one or two in a sitting. The book is so well illustrated and communicates good behavior in such a way that children take it to heart. When our son demands something we ask him, "is that good manners?" The coolest thing is that he really gets it! It's this teaching tool that frees me from having to nag him! We just refer to the book. The other day he did threw something and hurt me. I asked him to apologize. When he refused, I got out the book and we read the section about causing hurt to other people and he whispered "I'm sorry." I love this book!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a really wonderful book. Aliki captures the readers' attention with both cute cartoon-like characters and very age appropriate text. My children have enjoyed this book very much. I believe their enjoyment, at least partially, stems from the fact that children help children figure out what is appropriate behavior. I highly recommend this book to parents seeking help teaching children about manners.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "wenpen" on November 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is very entertaining for young children. It uses cartoons to get the point of manners across. I have read it to my four-year-old about five times (it's a long read for one sitting). Some of the manners actually rub off!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jingyu Li on May 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When my kids were around pre-school age, we checked out this book from the library again and again because they really enjoy reading it. With a little text, the cartons are so vivid. It's the right dose of reading for the kids when they just start to read. They can relate a lot of situations in this book to their own limited experience. It definitely contributed to their good manners today!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne Joseph on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
...for my 3 year old! I was looking for a book to teach my daugther manners and came across this book. This book is utilizes "opposites" - it puts good behavior and bad behavior side-by-side as a teaching tool. My daughter is apparently too young to comprehend it and I just feared, like the other reviewer, that she would pick up bad manners because she really can't tell teh difference... maybe when she's older.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anna Huss on January 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Love this book! My kids love this book! I believe it is the illustrations that make it so spectacular! I owm most of Aliki's books already!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pat'spix on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If my grandson, 8 years old, was writing this, he would not agree with my views. This book gives little vignettes of good and not-so-good manners and behaviors. Definitly understandable for an 8 year old. Not to preachy, but makes sense about how one's behavior determines what others think of you. Making and being friend is the theme. It helped!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Stuart on April 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have used this book as a kindergarten teacher everyday for the past 4 years. I read one page to the class a day and we act out the comic book strips. The students in my class are always remarkably well-behaved and their parents often thank me for transforming their little monsters into polite little children.
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