Emily's Everyday Manners

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Post family helps young kids mind their Ps and Qs.

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Positive Messages

Teaches kids the basics of etiquette and good manners.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a funny little book to teach kids about good manners.

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What's the story?

Emily and Ethan spend their days demonstrating the use of good manners.

Is it any good?

Emily Post's great-granddaughter-in-law Peggy Post and great-granddaughter Dr. Cindy Post Senning take their family heritage seriously, but with a liveliness that suits a kids' picture book. There's a lot of information here, and not every child is going to grasp all of the lessons. But the book has enough entertainment value to be read just for fun, too. Cheery pen-and-ink illustrations keep pages busy and engaging, and lots of dialogue moves the book along quickly.

Children will like identifying with familiar situations. They will also get a kick out of "Emily's Don'ts" -- small pictures occasionally illustrating Emily getting it wrong. But the "Emily's Don'ts" corner displays one weakness in the book: Kids are asked to take the word of the narrator that manners are important. But the lessons would benefit with more examples of the consequences of manners gone bad.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about good and bad manners. Can you think of times when you had nice manners and times when you didn't? What happened when you didn't? Parents might want to arrange a social time for kids to practice good manners, like a tea party with a friend or a special outing with a beloved relative.

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