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Whoopi's Big Book of Manners Hardcover – October 2, 2006

4.1 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–Goldberg reminds readers of common polite phrases to use, such as please and thank you. She then moves on to circumstances children will recognize: interrupting, forgetting to clean up after yourself, and not saying you're sorry. The author outlines good manners for different situations: table, movies and theater, sports, elevator, etc. One spread addresses being a poor sport and gives six rules for kids on one side and one for adults on the other: don't yell at your child's coach. If you're a poor sport, your kid will be too. The text is informal and humorous: Don't think Serena Williams would be happy...or Tiger Woods would not roar...if he heard your cell phone ring. The mixed-media cartoons, which include animals, people, and other assorted creatures, keep the mood light as well.–Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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“Olo’s electric-hued, multi-media illustrations keep these conscientious, often

comedic tips in check, playing up the humor with hyperbole.” —

Publishers Weekly

“The text is informal and humorous... the mixed-media cartoons, which include

animals, people, and other assorted creatures, keep the mood light as well.”

School Library Journal

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Jump At The Sun; Library Binding edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078685295X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786852956
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
With a great voice for kids--as if she were not that far removed from being one herself, Whoopi Goldberg begins with the admonition that "Nobody wants to see your finger in your nose." From there we move through a series of vignettes--forgetting to use important words such as "thank you," interrupting, sneezing without a handkerchief, not cleaning up your mess, being a bad sport (school, home, neighborhood and foreign travel are covered) until we learn that none of these is as bad as "picking your nose, which you can do [page unfolds showing a small boy in a woodshed, finger approaching nose] only if no one sees you." It's a bold admission sure to please young readers. The mixed media illustrations by Alexander Sroczyski are colorful and energetic, with pop-eyed characters who sneeze, interrupt, whine, make a mess, and grab for food. A note in the lower right hand corner of each double-page spread alerts us to yet another manners atrocity when we turn the page. And so we learn and laugh, and promise never to put our finger in our nose [unless we're standing in the woodhouse and no one can see us].
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Whoopi's humor is very funny and age appropriate. The basic manner messages are on target for today's young children. The illustrations by Olo are quite humorous and keep the children giggling. I highly recommend this book for those who want to give their child a little nudge toward remembering their manners!
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My Kindergarten students love this book. I bought it to revisit manners and the children really enjoyed it. It has great illustrations and discusses manners in a humorous way.
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Great Book for kids to learn about manners in a fun and entertaining environment! I have a 6 year old boy and this book kept him interersted and laughing while learning. At first he did not want to read about "manners" but very quickly his opinion changed as we read. I would definately recommend this book for your little one's library -it's a keeper!
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I love this book. I didn't know that Whoopi Goldberg was such an awesome author. I have told everyone to purchase her children's book on character building. Thanks Whoopi. It is my intention to buy every book she has written as soon as possible. I will have book circles with parents who have out of control kids
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Whoopi's Big Book of Manners is a great reminder for teens, pre-teens and adults as well; I feel, it must be read and explained to
smaller Children, however, Whoopi always has valuable things to share.
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This book covers the basics--which is good for many kids, these days, when manners seem to be lost (but very necessary). It is funny enough, but did not hold my kids' interest over and over.
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We did not know Whoopi had written books for children until we saw your Whoopi page. We have ordered several from the Amazon list. This one was also a big surprise. She has influenced the young people in her life so beautifully and now other parents and grand parents can enjoy her lessons. Children want to do well and please adults who adore them. This is a repectful book on manners, current manners. Thank you for offering this.
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