Manners seem to be highly neglected in today’s modern child-rearing philosophies. Good manners not only teach us how to be compassionate and kind to the people around us, they also give us the social confidence to know how to behave in different situations and settings. A child who has good manners will be welcomed by the people around him, able to make friends, and appreciated by his elders.
Everyday Graces: A Child’s Book of Good Manners, edited with commentary by Karen Santorum is a compilation of short stories, parts of stories, and poems highlighting different manners such as getting along with others, caring for the elderly and sick, respecting our country, and using words wisely. This book has a wide variety of stories told in many different styles. There are very few pictures, so it is best suited for kids old enough to follow a story-line without pictures. My family’s favorite story in this book is Chicken Nickel by Aaron Zenz. About two weeks after reading this story, my five-year old son asked me if it really was possible to pull a live fish out of your stomach with a spaghetti noodle. And if that doesn’t make you curious enough to read this book, then you are suffering from a “deplorable lack of curiosity”.
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