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Soup Should Be Seen, Not Heard! A Complete Manners Book for Kids (Mom's Choice Award Winner) Spiral-bound – 2012

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"Soup Should Be Seen, Not Heard! by Beth Brainard is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Awards Gold medal. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges including educators, Emmy-winning media members, business experts, parents, children, New York Times Best-Selling authors, librarians, artists and others determines the winners. Parents, educators, retailers and the media look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal when selecting quality materials and products for children and families. " Mom's Choice Awards 

"Soup Should Be Seen, Not Heard! is a creative kids' etiquette handbook, a complete manners book . . . loaded with good practical advice and modern interpretations of basic courtesy standards based on the Golden Rule. [It] is the answer to a parent's and a teacher's prayer." - Children's Bookwatch Reviewer's Choice

About the Author

Award-winning author and civil kids advocate Beth Brainard, directed public relations efforts for divisions of Disney and Harvard University and her own nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in social and corporate etiquette. Over the course of her career, she created and taught a K-5 etiquette curriculum, hosted a radio talk show for parents, and participated in the formation of the K-12 Character Counts! program. The first editions of her children's books were published in the 1990's by Dell.  She is releasing updated editions as part of a new series, The Civil Kids Collection, published by Good Idea Kids. Ms. Brainard is a graduate of Harvard University and lives with her husband in Massachusetts. They have LOTS of children.  
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Spiral-bound: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Good Idea Kids, LLC; 2nd edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615524079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615524078
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth Brainard, a veteran publicist for divisions of Disney and Harvard University, ran her own nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in business etiquette and social protocol. Over the course of her career she created and taught a K-5 etiquette curriculum, hosted a radio talk show for parents, and participated in the formation of the K-12 Character Counts! program. In 2012 she released an updated edition of Soup Should Be Seen Not Heard! that was named a Mom's Choice Awards Gold medal winner. Soup! is the first book of The Civil Kids Collection, a series of manners and life skills books she is creating under the Good Idea Kids label. Ms. Brainard is a graduate of Harvard University and lives with her husband in Massachusetts. They have LOTS of children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By phi1238 on May 8, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
We were given this book by a friend of ours who had used it with their kids. Our children (3 and 1) are just entering the stage where we can begin teaching them about manners and why they are important. The best part is it is written in such a way they not only comprehend it, but they find entertaining. We began reading the book to our son (3) at night time. Since we have started this practice he has stopped yelling across the room for things, and now walks over and if my wife and I are speaking will say, "excuse me" and wait for us to finish speaking. He will then ask his question. Further, every time he burps he says, "excuse me" on que without being told. Our greatest astonishment was when we were out to dinner at a casual restaurant and he asked where his salad fork was!!! This book is a gold mine for anyone who wants to raise civilized children in what is unfortunatley becoming an uncivilized period in history. Ms. Brainard should be commended on her work and this book should be required reading in all public schools.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on February 4, 2013
Format: Spiral-bound
We live in a busy world that is changing at the speed of light. Yet, good manners never go out of style. Most of us parents emphasize the importance of please, thank you, and excuse me, and do our best to insure that our children are polite, but when it comes to the finer points of etiquette, many of us could use a kid-friendly guide to help the cause. "Soup Should Be Seen, Not Heard" by etiquette expert Beth Brainerd is that guide.
Originally published in 1990, it has been updated in a new edition for the 21st century and recently received a Mom's Choice Award. If you think your children would roll their eyes if you handed them a book on manners, think again. Soup Should Be Seen, Not Heard features charming illustrations and a great sense of humor that will have them laughing as they learn.

It offers advice children can actually use in their everyday lives, both today and as they grow into adults. This is a very useful book and both children and adults will appreciate the value of it. It offers the answers to questions such as how to set the table, introduce people, use the phone correctly (and when to turn a cell phone off), and what to wear to a party. Even as a well-mannered adult, I picked up some tips from reading this book. The overall message is to treat people well and with kindness, utilizing the golden rule. This is much more important than using the proper fork, although that information is included as well.

"Soup Should Be Seen, Not Heard" also comes with some free extras for parents and teachers. An online companion called Why? provides information that helps further explain the reasons behind what might appear to kids to be arbitrary rules, like passing the salt and pepper shakers together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pdm on December 1, 2012
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Soup Should Be Seen, Not Heard! is an engaging etiquette handbook for kids. It provides the foundation for children to be comfortable and appropriate in all sorts of social situations from introductions to dining to parties. Ms. Brainard's straightforward text and humorous illustrations provide kids with the essential manners they need to be polite and appropriate in dealing with adults and peers. Best of all, it eliminates the need for the parental lecture in the car to great-grandmother's party or the evil eye stare across the Thanksgiving table. I have purchased this book as a gift for all my young relatives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By watson on June 19, 2013
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Truthfully, I bought this book for my adult grandson who is lacking social skills...like a please or thank you when appropriate. Did this fill the bill, certainly. Funny and easy on the instruction, I think he will get the rules he needs to be accepted in today's world.

Once before I bought him a complete Etiquette book, but I'm pretty sure he uses it for a doorstop. What can I say, this generation spent too much time in front of the TV. If after reading this he still doesn't get it, then it's a lost cause.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Calebini on March 7, 2014
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One of my co-workers saw Soup Should be Seen Not Heard in my auto--I was transporting the book to hand over to my daughter who was having a difficult time with her daughter's manners in restaurants; my co-worker thought the book was so funny, she photographed it with her phone, to remember it. She and my daughter have small kiddies who are 5 years old, about the right age to begin the process of behaving a little more like the small gentlemen and ladies they are! This book is interesting to children, with its creative illustrations, and short narratives that describe appropriate social behavior in a wide range of settings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By diane on November 28, 2012
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My Granddaughters love this book. They love to go to tea with me and say the book could be called "Tea Should Be Seen, Not Heard!" We had talked about manners before we went and they were excited to see some of the things we had talked about in the book.
Last night they were setting the table and I was tickled to hear their discussion about how to do it properly. By the way, we were all glad to learn how to capture those cherry tomatoes!
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A friend of mine recommended this book so we got it for the kids to read. We read it to the them before they went to bed and then they started to read it themselves (girls ages 6 and 8). We found ourselves referring back to the book when we were correcting the kids on their behavior. You could see their little minds working as they started to think about what we were saying. Now the kids are quoting the book to themselves and to their friends. It is written in a way that youngsters will understand and relate too which is terrific. This is a must read for all kids and should be added to school curriculums. I recommend to all.
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