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Emily Post's Table Manners for Kids Hardcover – May 12, 2009

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This helpful book opens with an apt quote from twentieth-century etiquette doyenne Emily Post (three generations up the family tree from the current authors): the purpose of table manners is “to avoid ugliness.” With that ruling principle in place, the writers get down to specifics in chapters on everyday table manners, special meals, table settings, tricky situations, meals as social events, and the host’s responsibilities. Rules are given with reasons rather than rigidity, which should make them easier to follow, and with the caveat that in certain circumstances (when choking, for example), diners should throw manners to the wind. Adding touches of wit, Björkman’s deft line drawings will appeal to middle-school students as well as younger children. Though perhaps most likely to be checked out by parents, this clearly written book offers practical advice that will help young people to feel more comfortable when dining with others and, of course, to avoid disgusting their companions. Grades 4-8. --Carolyn Phelan

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“This deceptively slim guide teems with advice... Excellent troubleshooting for specific concerns, such as eating fondue and using chopsticks.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Adding touches of wit, Björkman’s deft line drawings will appeal to middle-school students as well as younger children...This clearly written book offers practical advice that will help young people to feel more comfortable when dining with others and, of course, to avoid disgusting their companions.” (ALA Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061117099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061117091
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Many times kids, and adults for that matter, are very uncertain about how to act in certain social situations. If you have overheard someone say that a certain person "has the manners of a duck" you probably are grateful they aren't talking about you. Whew! If you want to be the one that everyone is watching to see which fork to use or how to eat a certain type of unusual food, this is one book you might want to take a look at. You can easily learn how to avoid using a "boarding house reach," you'll quickly learn about "polite drinking" and of course you'll learn about those forks. If you don't know how to set a table, let alone what to do with a complicated table setting, you're going to learn that and many other things in this book.

Some things like "double dipping" are obvious no nos to some, but not as obvious to kids. You'll quickly learn that anything gross is simply something to be avoided at all costs. No one wants to be remembered as a pig at a party, but rather someone who is suave and has manners. You will learn what to do when you spill something, how to react when you find something unwelcome in your food, how to engage others in conversation at the table, you'll learn about manners you need in different types of settings (pot luck, picnics, buffets, etc.), how to be considerate of other religious and cultural observations in someone's home and much more!

This is an excellent book to use as a reference for teaching children the social graces of table manners in several settings. Many of these suggestions are basic and instinctive, but for many if they are not taught they can be embarrassing to the child and others. For example it is wise "not to make negative comments about the food as you pass by the table.
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The book is im sure very helpful in teaching your kids table manners. But I expected it to be a little bit more entertaining in terms of drawings and cartoon illustrations. My 11 yr old and 7 yr old boys refused to read because it is "boring" and has to much content. In comparison they do have tons of manners book that they enjoy reading directed to apeal to their age group with easy vocabulary and lots of drawings. Im hoping I can re-introduce this book again in a few years. In the meantime, it is sitting on the shelf collecting dust. A bit disappointed. ..
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This was comprehensive, and easy to read. I have been reading portions of the book to my second grade students, and they love it!
Their parents are very impressed, and learning facts themselves.
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I love when I go out to dinner with my adult children...everything they learned about table manners started at home. I gave this as gifts to both of my daughters hoping it will help them with anything I might have missed during their youth and to guide them in training their own children. My oldest son will soon be starting up at his second American Embassy Job after another six months of preparation in DC...as a mother I never dreamed how important such skills would be for his future. Even so there are some things that just make one feel more secure in life, like good table manners...and it starts when you are a kid.
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My daughter enjoyed the book I am looking forward to seeing my kids have better table manners, she explained why you have to have table manners too like if you are going to a restaurant you have to be proper.
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The information was great and I loved the step by step details. The way it's written works well for youth and adults.
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