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Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids Hardcover – October 26, 2004
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Grade 3-7–Post and Senning pinpoint the three main factors in etiquette as respect, consideration, and honesty. The book begins with a chapter on everyday life, which consists of thank yous and other written and spoken words, privacy, greetings and introductions, and techno-manners. The treatment of chat rooms, message boards, e-mail, pagers, and computers offers guidelines that protect users while facilitating positive, healthy interactions. Subsequent chapters take on family relations within the home, situations at school, social events, manners at the mall and concerts, hospital visits, religious events and weddings, and travel. Eating out, whether fast food or fine dining, is covered, as are funerals, taxis, and interacting with a person with a disability. The writing is clear, friendly, and sometimes clever, putting readers at ease and raising myriad possibilities through the use of "what if" scenarios, complete with possible dialogue and even multiple-choice answers. Lists of "Always and Nevers" provide quick reference for things like taking messages, making introductions, and borrowing personal items. "Sticky Situations" offers solutions to avoid embarrassment. The advice is consistently practical and simple, and is addressed to boys as well as girls ("Always put the toilet seat down"). Divorce or remarriage is treated compassionately, with specific suggestions for reacting honestly and considerately toward all parties. Simple sketch drawings adorn the text sporadically, offering humor but no additional information. A fine update to Elizabeth James and Carol Barkin's Social Smarts: Manners for Today's Kids (Clarion, 1996).–Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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Gr. 4-7. Now more than ever, young people need to know about etiquette--the social glue that keeps modern life from becoming like an episode of Survivor. Certainly this book has its heart in the right place. It outlines good manners at home, at school, at play, while visiting or traveling, and at weddings and other occasions (including funerals). The tone, however, is often prissy, and some of the events--a picnic at the beach, miniature golf, a luau--seem to be straight out of the 1950s rather than the twenty-first century. The chat and e-mail rules also seem a little out of touch with real technology, and cell-phone etiquette is handled bravely if not well. Necessary but not fun. Illustrated with line drawings. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Divided into three sections, "Manners" addresses everyday manners for 365 days a year, communication manners and everything miscellaneous. Kate Spade begins her foreword with "the world is round and manners aren't square". Oh, if only the entire world could hear that quote. It's a motto I truly admire and wish I had thought of myself.
Turn the pages to the first daily manners section and the reader will see "10 gentle reminders for modern day etiquette". These are simple reminders we should all consider on a daily basis. How could a reader not appreciate that? Our world today continually bombards us with opportunities to see other human beings and treat them as such. "Manners" gives its reader the opportunity to be kind everyday, reach out to those we don't see and recover difficulties gracefully.
Her little blue book is a delight. Ms. Spade supplies petite bits and pieces of life and society and how to deal with it both effectively and with charm. Her pages covering social spills and gracious recoveries are considerate to the general population. We've all made a social faux pas here and there. Ms. Spade acknowledges our humanness and navigates us through those embarrassing moments.
Her pages contain little snippets and cute drawings. The drawings are like cut out paper dolls complete with all the items the paper dolls would use in their own little world. From the proper tip to the expected attire at specific events, "Manners" offers direction to everyday questions. Solutions to etiquette dilemmas like the delayed thank you note and a note from a child are punctuated with quotes from assorted writers and the esteemed Emily Post. Suggestions on when not to use a cell phone and how to encompass proper behavior in a variety of public spaces, both home and abroad, are gems.
Like Kate Spade's stylish accessories, manners are classic. Etiquette does not go out of style.
behavior that is lacking in not only children but, adults too.