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Children's Tea & Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds is more than a simple picturebook - it is a thoughtful etiquette manual to instruct readers in how to properly enjoy afternoon tea. Many of the social graces discussed extend into the practice of the general world. From basic polite phrases such as "please", "thank you", "may I", and "you're welcome", to what RSVP means, to table manners for a tea party (such as not picking up one's napkin until the host has), to the importance of writing a thank-you note, Children's Tea & Etiquette is highly recommended as an instructional tool for preparing young people to do well in formal situations. Beautiful, soft pastel color illustrations by Dawn Peterson, a handful of recipes, and notes on the history of tea parties round out this good manners primer. --Midwest Book Review

I was pleased to discover the book Children's Tea & Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds while looking for a tea set for our planned tea party for Z's third birthday, and its publisher, Benjamin Press, was kind enough to send us a copy.

Children's Tea & Etiquette takes the form of a story with the two main characters getting invited to attend a tea party with by their grandparents. The story leads the reader through all of the proper steps of etiquette for attending an event - what an R.S.V.P. is and how to provide one, how to introduce yourself, how to hold a napkin, how to ask for something you can't reach, what types of treats are generally offered at a tea party and how to eat them, how to excuse yourself, the well-known "magic words" (please/thank you/etc.) and sending a thank-you note.

The book also includes a very brief history of tea and several recipes for treats mentioned in the book so parents can arrange their own tea parties.

The text in the book is simple, positive, and encouraging; while it might feel saccharine in other contexts, this is the writing style I have found that most etiquette books take, and I think it's the most effective. We have other books that try to address children's manners (Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?) but I have found that many of them present such an outrageous "bad" behavior, that I wonder if that bad behavior is more memorably modeled than the good behavior that we hope to impart.

The other thing that I like about Children's Tea and Etiquette is that it takes you through an event from start to finish, and thus is able to cover multiple aspects of etiquette rather than just focusing on table manners.

We recommend this book for children ages four and up. --Z Recommends Blogspot

From the Publisher

Dorothea Johnson's is one of America's leading voices in calling for a return to etiquette and protocol. She is a regular guest on the ELLEN tv show and you can find her quoted in magazines and newspapers nationwide. Her love for teaching dining etiquette to children and grandchildren was inspired by her close relationship with her own granddaughter, actress Liv Tyler.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 5
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Press; 1 edition (October 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966347897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966347890
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children's Tea & Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds is more than a simple picturebook - it is a thoughtful etiquette manual to instruct readers in how to properly enjoy afternoon tea. Many of the social graces discussed extend into the practice of the general world. From basic polite phrases such as "please", "thank you", "may I", and "you're welcome", to what RSVP means, to table manners for a tea party (such as not picking up one's napkin until the host has), to the importance of writing a thank-you note, Children's Tea & Etiquette is highly recommended as an instructional tool for preparing young people to do well in formal situations. Beautiful, soft pastel color illustrations by Dawn Peterson, a handful of recipes, and notes on the history of tea parties round out this good manners primer.
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This books is for much older children. I would suggest 9 and older. I brought it for my seven year old. The book should not have in "young minds" in the title. 1/4 of the book is recipe. It gives the history of tea, but It does not keep a young child's interest. My child says it tells you simple etiquette that most children know already such as saying thank you and not talking with food in your mouths. I was very disappointed in this book.
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My husband and I gave this book to our granddaughter for her birthday. We read the etiquette parts together, and honestly I learned a number of things I didn't know before, like where to leave your napkin when you're leaving the table briefly versus permanently. Then my granddaughter and I tested almost all of the recipes for her birthday party. This was one of the highlights of my year!

Recipe review: they were all really good, but all had lots of butter and the dessert-type had lots of sugar. The lemon bars in particular disappeared almost immediately, but were almost too sweet (apparently not quite too sweet, all were eaten). The oatmeal bars with dried fruit were a big favorite of the adults. Personally, I liked the savory cheese tarts (but I'm crazy about anything with cheese).
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This is a lovely book. I had seen it in a book store and knew I could get a better price on Amazon. The color illustrations are beautiful and I received it promptly. I enjoyed it as much as my daughter and granddaughter did.
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This is a very good book for the older child interested in learning about the history of tea, and about good etiquette.
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I bought this book along with a selection of other "tea time" items as a gift for a friend's six year old granddaughter. What a big hit the whole thing has been. The etiquette guide must have worked - she gave me a thank you note and a lovely miniature rose.
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I found the book to be absolutely delightful. My etiquette students will have fun putting together their first tea!
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