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A Smart Girl's Guide to Manners (American Girl) (American Girl Library) Paperback – September 1, 2005

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-7–This update of Oops! The Manners Guide for Girls (Pleasant Co, 1997) covers the basic etiquette areas, including cell phone and table manners, host and guest duties, and such occasions as weddings and family gatherings. The text is sprinkled with lots of colorful illustrations and quizzes geared to letting readers assess their own behavior. Though the rules echo the traditional thoughts on the subjects, the lively writing and straight talk make them seem fresh and relevant today. Especially well done is the section on writing nicely worded thank-you notes, which, in the age of text messaging and e-mails, takes on an even greater significance.–Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
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Gr. 5-8. The emphasis is on good manners as a reflection of respect for oneself and others in this updated edition of Oops! The Manners Guide for Girls (1997), with bouncy new illustrations. Clear, straightforward information covers introductions, sleepovers, special occasions, gifts, table manners, hosts and guests, and more. Mingus' cheery, multiethnic characters have a touch of anime and a little bit of the PowerPuff Girls about them, and brightly colored sidebars and display fonts blend in well. The cell phone advice is excellent, though more about online etiquette and the use of iPods, gaming, and other e-toys would have made this a stronger book. A good place to go for readers not quite ready for Miss Manners herself. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: American Girl Library
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Girl; 2 Revised edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584859830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584859833
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazonaholic on March 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
Fabulous! While this book provides helpful information on everyday subjects like how to behave at a friend's house and the movie theater,it's best advice deals with the tough issues: visiting a dying (and scary) relative in the hospital, bumping into friends at a public birthday party that you weren't invited to and consoling a friend whose parent has died, to name a few.

Definitely worth the price for my eight-year-old daughter, who enjoys reading the book as much as I like her learning the appropriate responses to problems that we can't always anticipate.
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76 of 96 people found the following review helpful By T. S. Husson on November 30, 2011
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My 8 year old daughter received this as a gift. We love to read in our house and we also love American Girl. Manners are a must with us too so I was delighted with this gift...Until my daughter got to page 28 and the topic was "nosy" questions. I was absolutely appalled to see the example A.G. used. "I heard your cousin COMMITTED SUICIDE" REALLY?!??!?! They could not come up with a better example of a nosy question? How about, "how much do you weigh" or how much money do you have in the bank". So there I was left to try to explain what SUICIDE is to my 8 year old and her sister who is 6! I have e-mailed AG to see how they would respond; but as of yet, I have not gotten an answer. In today's society there is no reason we should be discussing suicide with young girls. I am quite disturbed and will no longer purchase these books from them.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By mlletech on March 22, 2006
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I noticed a huge difference in an 8 years old's behavior after reading it once. It is a fun read.I would recommend to parents.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Give your child a handbook of the survival skills that she will need at school, the workplace and beyond! Yes, first impressions do count, but life situations frequently require tact and sensitivity that must be taught. Learn the wrong set of social behaviors, and you can be blocked from a world of sometimes life-changing opportunities to come.

A Smart Girl's Guide To Manners (American Girl Library) is a handbook of those survival skills that will give young ladies an excellent foothold in the social world that frequently requires more than they can offer based on instinct, alone.

Highly recommended!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 25, 2006
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American Girl has accomplished making books with about everything you ask about in it. it gives you great advice, and i don't think this book has JUST common sense because lots of girls out there wouldn't know some of this stuff. I think it's an awesome book and i think all the American Girl books are awesome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2013
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My daughter and I really enjoyed this book together. It opened up topics and helped us talk. My daughter is seven and I liked how things were on her level now and gave us room to grow without things being too old for her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on June 24, 2012
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This book is wonderful. Very well written for small children. My daughters are 6 and 8 and this books teachers them proper etiquette that we teach at home. It promotes positive behavior. A must have for adults as well cause not everyone has manners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Yvonne on December 7, 2011
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Here is a perfect book that young girls can use to help with their manners. I bought this for my daughter to remind her the importance of good manners. She loves this book. It's modern and address modern day situations.
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