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Social Graces: Manners, Conversation, and Charm for Today Hardcover – June 1, 1999

4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736901124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736901123
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Once upon a time, children learned social skills around the family dining table. With today's busy schedules and often so many mothers working, families find less time for such traditions. Experts on hospitality and warm sociability, Ann Platz and Susan Wales provide readers with an easy-to-follow how-to manual of social graces. Learning the rules of etiquette is possible with Social Graces. This charming book makes life easier and more fun, and also helps instill a sense of self-confidence. Life is like a game, if you don't know the rules, you can't succeed in life. It's important to remember, however, that the rules of etiquette are of the book; manners are of the heart.
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If anyone wants to 'polish up' their manners and etiquette. This book is highly recommended.

Well written, user friendly and beautifully illustrated.

A book to be treasured.

It is also a great book to pass down to your children.
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Social Graces was a big help in knowing how to tip waitresses, bell boys, ect... Working in a tourist town and knowing who to tip or not can sometimes be a concern for most people. Especially for those of us that don't get out of the hills much, so the book was very helpful. I would like to see more manner books on social conversation and answering gracefully in difficult situations. So keep writing Aunts! (You will understand that statement when you read the book!) Buy it today.
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I have a smile on my face as I review this book, written by two lovely and gracious southern ladies. The book started with a conversation about the value of manners, before getting down to specifics.

Strategies were given for handling bullies, knowing what fork to use, how to write thank-you notes, make introductions properly, shake hands, and when to sit or stand. Table manners were covered in greater detail. Some attention was also given to business and travel etiquette.

A large amount of coverage was given to hospitality, being a proper hostess or a thoughtful guest. There is a section on tipping and how to make excellent and appropriate conversation at dinner parties. There was an interesting section on how to eat certain 'difficult' foods. We got some help on what to do when, not if, we make mistakes.

A final section gave brief recommendations on staring, shouting, talking about physical ailments, fighting over the restaurant bill, etc.

All-in-all, this is a charming little book with delightful illustrations, many of which look like they should be framed and displayed.
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By Sis on December 27, 2013
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I ordered this book to give to my 9 year old granddaughter.
She really likes the book and will keep it for future references.
I ordered another one for me. It's about things that are not talked
about much any more but should be!
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This is a great little book which covers all one needs to know about how to move around in the social world where good manners and the proper way to make others comfortable are important. Easy to read as well as interesting.
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My wife is using this book to teach ages 7-15 year old girls manners and etiquette. She thinks this is an excellent book.
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I loved reading this book. It is well written and everything in it is useful. Parts of it bring back memories of my childhood. I wish we could all slow down, remember our etiquette and be more gracious.
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