The wonderful Aliki Brandenberg has written and illustrated more children's books than many kids have read. (She's got 133 listings right here at Amazon.com.) This time she brings us a paperback version of her 1990 hardcover Manners,
a cheery, funny dissertation on how and, more important, why
to be a polite child.
A combination of hilarious, colorful illustrations, comic-bookish playlets such as "You Are Interrupting Again, Leon," some of what a grown up might call role-playing, and miscellaneous other gems, the book adds up to the best child's handbook on manners since the Goops showed up at the end of the 19th century.
[Offered for ages 4 and up, but useful to any child, family, or k-3 classroom.]
From Publishers Weekly
This popular and prolific author-artist here examines an important topic for children--good manners: how to achieve them and how to maintain them. Every page brims with etiquette tips, expressed by small-sized figures drawn in Aliki's customarily cheery style. If there is a problem here, it is one of excess: the dos and don'ts fly by so thick and fast that readers may have difficulty grasping them. A lack of organization may further confuse the book's users. The subjects are broached in no discernible order, and text is presented willy-nilly in captions under pictures and in cartoon-style balloons. One page bears the heading "Ouch," and depicts two girls strolling down the street as another girl approaches. The copy above the picture reads, "Here comes Alexa. / Let's ignore her," while two tiny birds below--they and several animal friends make pertinent and impertinent asides throughout--say "bad manners and bad feelings" and "Is Alexa going to go home and cry?" Cause and effect seem to be missing here, and the main issue glossed over. Though certainly well-intentioned, this book may prove more chaotic than constructive. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.