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If Jack Sprat and his wife had better table manners, maybe they would have used knives and forks instead of licking the platter clean. And the littlest pig would have been more helpful if he'd helped carry his brother's packages instead of crying wee-wee-wee all the way home. Whimsical illustrations and gatefolds offer both an introduction to good manners and a rousing good time.
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Harriet Ziefert holds a master's degree in education from NYU and is the author of more than 300 books for children. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey.
Pascale Constantin spent several years making sculptures for the television and film industry before turning to illustration. She has illustrated children's books that have been published in both Canada and the U.S. She lives and works in Montreal.
PreSchool-Grade 2—Twelve nursery rhyme characters are taken to task in this picture book on decorum. A traditional verse is presented on the left, and the right-hand page questions the action, folding out to reveal a large, colorful spread with a more "polite" scene. "What should Jack have said" when he pulled out that plum with his thumb? "Next time I'll use a fork." Some lessons are silly. For example, the visiting pussycat who frightened the mouse under the queen's chair should have said, "Excuse me, mouse. Don't be scared. I won't hurt you." And when this little pig went to market, the last little pig should have helped carry the packages instead of whining. The color cartoon art contains comical details, but overall the images don't rise above the ordinary. This thin book struggles to serve as an etiquette manual or as comedy.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Book Description Blue Apple Books, 2008. Condition: New. Pascale Constantin (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1934706027
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