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Despite knowing all the rules to behaving in a proper manner, these lively kids decide not to follow them for fear that they may become grown-up too soon, in a lively picture book with full-color illustrations.
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K-Gr 2-In the opening illustration, a brother and sister pose sweetly with their parents, dog, and cat and announce, "When we grow up, we're going to have very good manners." The rest of the text consists of words of planned politeness paired with pictures of reality. "I'll be so polite" accompanies a picture of a bicycle struggle; in dialogue balloons, the boy says, "My turn!" while the girl exclaims, "But I just got it!" The watercolor cartoon illustrations give a funny, exaggerated look at a great variety of not-so-good manners. Facial expressions and body language speak volumes. On the final pages, the two reveal that, "Someday we'll have manners. But for now, we're just kids!" While this sentiment will be jarring to adults who believe that everyone, no matter how young, should be encouraged to develop good manners, the humorous approach to the subject could generate a lively, positive discussion.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Ages 4-8. A merry manners handbook, in which a brother and sister announce all the social situations they'll handle with polite aplomb when they're grown up. Meanwhile, Demarest's watercolor cartoons accompanying statements like "we're going to have very good table manners," show the boy and girl jubilantly juggling eating utensils, shoveling food into their mouths, grabbing and burping. The comic juxtapositions follow these kids--more boisterous than malicious--through gift-receiving (they complain), phone manners ("Hey! What do you want?"), house behavior (they drag in mud; they storm in on towel-wearing, shocked Mother in the bathroom), turn-taking (forget it), and table manners. This is a sly way to convey manners: the situations are familiar, the right way to act is plainly stated, and the kids' behavior is so outlandish that children will probably look and laugh long enough for the lessons to sink in. Connie Fletcher
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Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110399235582