Ten chapters, each consisting of a two-page spread, provide basic information about the value of courtesy. The introductory chapter enlarges on the "magic words" of "please" and "thank you." In the "Having a chat" section, the importance of being a good listener is emphasized. Communication skills include speaking calmly, avoiding interruptions, and using appropriate language. Other topics included are apologies, respect, thoughtfulness, interacting with visitors, table manners, and some of the ways that proper etiquette around the world differs. Some of the important words appear in Word Wizard ovals with their definitions. Also includes a glossary and an index. The overall theme of the book encompasses ways that people show respect for one another. Adults interacting with young children find may this book useful. Part of the "Now We Know About …" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–Just as this series offers a wide array of subjects, each book covers a broad range of topics. Visually, the effect is almost equal to looking at a series of fact cards arranged on the pages. Our Bodies, for example, provides a few short paragraphs each about nutrition, getting adequate sleep, keeping fit, anatomy, and staying clean. While this structure makes for quick reads, and the tables of contents will direct budding researchers to the information, there is little cohesion between the facts. Moreover, the advice-laden language is instructive, but not always explanatory–for example, Good Manners suggests sending thank-you notes, but gives no advice about how to word them. Also, there are no introductions or conclusions to tie everything together, which might make it hard for readers to see the bigger picture.