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Put Your Best Foot Forward. (Courtesy for Kids, Book 1).

Lewena Bayer & Karen Mallett.
Winnipeg, MB: Great Plains Publications, 2000.
32 pp., pbk., $9.95.
ISBN 1-894283-17-1.

Subject Heading:
Etiquette for children and teenagers-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.

Review by Lorraine Douglas.

** /4

Beware the Table Monsters! (Courtesy for Kids, Book 2).

Lewena Bayer & Karen Mallett.
Winnipeg, MB: Great Plains Publications, 2000.
32 pp., pbk., $9.95.
ISBN 1-894283-19-8.

Subject Heading:
Etiquette for children and teenagers-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.

Review by Lorraine Douglas.

** /4

Courtesy Becomes Me. (Courtesy for Kids, Book 3).

Lewena Bayer & Karen Mallett.
Winnipeg, MB: Great Plains Publications, 2000.
32 pp., pbk., $9.95.
ISBN 1-894283-20-1.

Subject Heading:
Etiquette for children and teenagers-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.

Review by Lorraine Douglas.

** /4

excerpt:

When you meet other people, try to see what makes them special. Show respect for what makes them different from you and don't forget, they have "inside" things that make them extra special, maybe you just can't see them. If other people see that you respect them, maybe they will show respect for you. And, if they see how proud you are to be you, maybe they will feel proud of themselves too. Don't forget, it's what's inside that counts the most!
(from Courtesy Becomes Me).

Lewena Bayer and Karen Mallett are "The Etiquette Ladies." These two Winnipeg women conduct etiquette seminars and consultations for adults and hold "Courtesy Camps for Kids." The "Courtesy for Kids" book series developed from their work with children in the courtesy camps.

     The central theme of the whole series is the importance of respect in our relationships with others. The first book, aptly named Put Your Best Foot Forward, covers topics such as introductions, handshakes, etiquette in conversation, and manners at home and at school. One feature of this book, which differentiates it from other books on manners, is the section on dealing with people who are different from you. This section deals with concept of diversity by explaining how it is important to have differences in the world. The section on empathy is called "Put yourself in their shoes" and is quite brief but does explain the idea of empathy through a concrete example.

     The second book, Beware the Table Monsters, covers basic dining and eating etiquette. The authors' tips stress the basic rules for dining being polite and neat and not playing with your food. There are also sections on how to eat difficult foods and how to use eating utensils. This volume also has a section on eating at school and other public places.

     The third book, titled Courtesy Becomes Me, emphasizes the development of manners through the building of self-confidence and self-respect. This book explains the importance of presenting oneself to the world through grooming, dressing, and deportment. It also includes Internet and telephone manners two topics not often covered in courtesy books.

     All three titles have valuable text information and are written in a conversational and informal style. The design of the series has a "retro" look, as the collaged photographs of many of the children appear to be from the 1950's. These photos work against the main message of the book - that manners are very important today. For collections needing books on courtesy.

Recommended.

Lorraine Douglas is head of youth services at the Winnipeg Public Library.

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ISSN 1201-9364

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