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Children's Tea & Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds Hardcover – October 1, 2014
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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
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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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Good etiquette book for children. Guide for teaching children table manners.Published 18 months ago by A. M. May
"Children's Tea and Etiquette: Brewing Good Manners in Young Minds" by Dorothea Johnson and John Harney, with illustrations by Dawn Peterson, is a great book for young children,... Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by S. M. Kwandrans
We have a Brownie Troop and their Mothers Day gift to their mother is a Tea Party that they are making happen and this book provided all the answers. Great addition to our libraryPublished on March 11, 2009 by Harvey D. Correll