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Clifford's Manners

Clifford's Manners

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by Norman Bridwell
     
 

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Read all about Clifford's BIG ideas! Classic Clifford reissued!

It only takes a little to BE BIG!

Emily Elizabeth taught Clifford good manners. He always says "please" and "thank you," follows the rules, and SHARES with his friends. It's easy to like someone like Clifford: even if he makes mistakes, he always tries to be kind and considerate.

The BE BIG

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Read all about Clifford's BIG ideas! Classic Clifford reissued!

It only takes a little to BE BIG!

Emily Elizabeth taught Clifford good manners. He always says "please" and "thank you," follows the rules, and SHARES with his friends. It's easy to like someone like Clifford: even if he makes mistakes, he always tries to be kind and considerate.

The BE BIG campaign invites everyone, big and small, to take action and raise awareness for how CLIFFORD'S BIG IDEAS can make the world a better place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545215862
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Clifford 8x8 Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
224,665
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Norman Bridwell is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including the beloved Clifford series, which has over 126 million copies in print, in 13 languages! He lives in Edgartown, MA with his wife Norma. They have two children, son, Tim, and daughter, Emily Elizabeth.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
February 15, 1928
Place of Birth:
Kokomo, Indiana
Education:
John Herron Art Institute, 1945-49; Cooper Union Art School, 1952-53
Website:
http://www.scholastic.com/clifford

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Clifford's Manners 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought three Clifford books for a classroom in the Bahamas where I went to teach for a few days. It was part of the class I was taking. It was a good experience and I left the books for the classroom seeing as they had very few books in their "library".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the whole series, she loves the "Big red dog"and Clifford and friends are not threatening....just different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea of having Clifford, the Big Red Dog, demonstrate good manners is full of potential fun. Obviously, we all hope Clifford has good manners, because the alternative is too scary to think about! The book opens with this idea: 'Everyone loves Clifford because he has good manners. I taught him myself,' says Emily Elizabeth. You will probably want to reinforce the idea that manners are desirable by pointing out some of their other benefits, such as being the right thing to do, avoiding fights, making everyone feel respected, and helping everyone have a better time. The book emphasizes what to do more than why to do it. But parents and grandparents need to have some role in providing help with the social graces. The book covers saying please and thank you, writing thank-you notes for presents, waiting for one's turn, picking up one's own trash, saying 'excuse me' when stepping in front of others, not talking in movies, using a handkerchief when sneezing, sharing toys with friends, putting toys away, following rules (in playing tennis?), talking when angry rather than hitting, being a good sport (smiling when lose and not boasting when win), calling ahead before visiting, arriving on time, knocking before opening a door, wiping shoes before going in, shaking hands or kissing when greeting people, washing before eating, chewing with a closed mouth, not talking while chewing, helping clean up, and saying good-bye and thank you after a visit. By having Emily Elizabeth support all of these behaviors and having taught them to Clifford, the book sets it up as an expectation that every child should do the same. That's a nice way to establish these practices as the norm, independent of a parent's speaking in favor of them. The book's weakness is that some of the situations in the examples won't make much sense to young children (movie theaters, playing tennis, writing thank you notes before they can write, and visiting one's sister who lives in another residence). But you can talk about those, and add some new ideas into your youngster's life. The biggest missed opportunity is that many of the illustrations could have been much funnier. Obviously, there's a fine line here that should not be crossed because a lot of slap-stick could undermine the messages. But just a teeny bit more humor would have tickled my fancy, and made the material more memorable and interesting. After you finish enjoying this book with your child, I suggest that you think about other examples of good manners that you appreciate providing. For example, even in these egalitarian days, it's still nice to open a door, pull out a chair, and to compliment someone. What parts of the social graces do you most enjoy receiving? Be sure to pass them along, as well. After you, if you please! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution