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Always Wear Clean Underwear: And Other Ways Parents Say I Love You Library Binding – September 1, 1997

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Grade 3-6. Gellman's warm, witty, and instructive primer for children about the whys and wherefores of parenting will help them understand their parents' motivations for discipline. The author describes his own childhood frustration and curiosity with his mother's endless injunctions to eat his vegetables (especially the dreaded green-bean casserole), to share his toys, clean his room, take out the trash, and not to hit his sister. When he became a parent, Gellman came to realize that such commands are part of a greater master catalogue that he calls "The List." In lighthearted but sincere prose, he explains that items found on this record of seemingly endless commandments have little meanings and big meanings. Each of the 30+ short chapters is devoted to one of these parental injunctions children hear while growing up to be good people. The author explains reasons for each rule and brings more than a little wisdom and often gentle humor to the process. His explanations are so lucid and insightful that this wise and refreshing book will be great for shared reading. Tilley's occasional small cartoons add another note of levity.?Jerry D. Flack, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Behind a mask of frivolity--a ticklish title and Debbie Tilley's whimsical cover art--lurks a stern schoolmarm. Each item on "The List" of 32 annoying parental admonitions stands for a really Big Lesson. (Ages 8 and older) -- The New York Times Book Review, J. Patrick Lewis

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0688144926
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow & Co (September 1, 1997)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Library Binding ‏ : ‎ 112 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780688144920
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0688144920
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 10 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 4
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 0.75 x 9.75 inches
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