Little Dos and Don'ts: A Gift Box Set by Karen Katz

Overview

With bright illustrations and an interactive lift-the-flap format, these three books are a great way for toddlers to learn all about sharing, playing fair, and behaving in the wider world they are now part of. Assembled in a colorful keepsake case so parents will know just where to reach for an emergency “lesson” from Karen Katz, today’s Emily Post for little ladies and young gentlemen! Includes Excuse Me!, I Can Share, and No Hitting!

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Overview

With bright illustrations and an interactive lift-the-flap format, these three books are a great way for toddlers to learn all about sharing, playing fair, and behaving in the wider world they are now part of. Assembled in a colorful keepsake case so parents will know just where to reach for an emergency “lesson” from Karen Katz, today’s Emily Post for little ladies and young gentlemen! Includes Excuse Me!, I Can Share, and No Hitting!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448445731
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/19/2007
  • Series: Dos and Don'ts Series: Manners for the Diaper Set
  • Pages: 14
  • Sales rank: 151,371
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 8.13 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Katz lives in New York, New York.

Biography

From painting and sculpture to quiltmaking and costume design, Karen Katz has been making art in one form or another all her life. But it was not until she and her husband adopted a baby from Guatemala that she considered a career in children's books. Published in 1997, her debut picture book, Over the Moon, told the story of one adoptive family's happy beginnings in a country far away. Since then, Katz has gone on to create many award-winning picture, board, and novelty books that capture the joys of childhood in simple storylines, vibrant colors, and winsome illustrations. Some include count-down elements (Counting Kisses, Ten Tiny Tickles) or interactive features (Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, Peek-A-Baby); still others introduce holiday traditions (My First Kwanzaa, My First Chinese New Year) or reinforce good habits, manners, or behavior (Excuse Me!, No Biting!, I Can Share).

Perhaps the secret to Katz's success (besides the undeniable appeal of her signature round-headed babies!) can be summed up in this quote taken directly from the author/artist's website: "When an idea for a story pops into my head, I ask these questions: Will a child want to read this book? Will parents want to read this book with their children? Will this book make a child laugh? Will this book make a parent and child feel something? Is there something visual here that will hold a child's interest? Will a child see something in a different way after reading this book? If the answer to any of those questions is 'yes,' then I know I'm on the right track."

Good To Know

Katz explains the difference between designing picture books and board books in this way:
Picture books usually have more words in them but they tell more of a narrative story. Board books are usually simpler. They are generally 6 spreads and are about one concept. When I create a board book, I try to make something that is very interactive for the baby, with flaps and pull tabs and lots of surprises. Board books are a perfect size for a baby's hand to hold and touch. Babies can have an experience all by them selves with a good board book and can also have a good lap-time experience with a mommy or daddy or caregiver. Picture books take a little more care since the pages can rip. With a board book, you can throw it in a stroller, chew on the corners and even wipe off mashed peas.

Katz has received numerous awards for her work, including:

  • Smithsonian, People, and Parent Guide magazines Best Books designation, all 1997, all for Over the Moon
  • Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award nomination, Florida Reading Association Award nomination, and Child magazine Best Book designation, all 2000, all for The Colors of Us
  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award, and Child magazine Best Book designation, both 2001, and Bank Street School Books Committee Best Book designation, 2002, all for Counting Kisses
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2002, for Counting Kisses and Twelve Hats for Lena.
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      1. Education:
        Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; Yale Graduate School of Art and Architecture
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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 24, 2007

      Amazing Author!

      I am a huge fan of Karen Katz as is...but these three books about manners are a real gem. Your child is sure to be a very respectful human being after reading these!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 11, 2011

      2 out of 3, but the 2 are great

      My daughter is 20 months old now and has been in love with Karen Katz' flap books for a year now. The "No Hitting" books is awesome: beautiful to look at, easy for her to understand, and it gives alternative behaviours for children when they are angry. I.e. I want to squeeze the cat, but I can... squeeze clay instead. Lovely. The book about manners is excellent and I have seen an improvement in the consistency in which my daughter uses please, thank you, excuse me, etc. My only complaint is the sharing book. It's all about having things that you don't want to share with others and than alternatives for not sharing. For example, something like I have a new shovel, but you can't dig with it. Instead we can build a sand castle together. What's the subtext? We can work together but you have to use your hands because I can't be bothered to share? I've got a new doll, but you can't play with it. You can play with my ratty old doll instead. I just don't like the message and I don't let her read it.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 13, 2009

      Awesome books!

      My 2 year old has memorized each book and loves the flaps. I will definately buy more of these

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 18, 2009

      Little Dos and Don'ts

      This book is a great teaching tool for toddlers. My son loves to flip open the flaps to see what is inside and it will hopefully teach him some good manners over time

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    • Posted March 9, 2009

      Excellent tool to teach your toddler about manners

      My toddler was hitting and instead of just telling him no, I wanted to show him how he should act by using his good manners. The pictures in the books are bright and colorful, keeping his attention. He loves to lift the flaps to see what's underneath. We read these books often, and I think that along with our guidance, he's starting to understand what good manners are. My seven year old likes to read them to his little brother too. It's a nice way to review our good manners with both of them. I highly recommend these books.

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    • Posted February 26, 2009

      Great for Curious Toddlers

      My daughter had these books memorized after the second time we read them. She loves lifting the flaps and reciting the appropriate behaviors/reactions, and has even started asking more about the images (why is she mad at her brother? what did he do?).

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 13, 2009

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      Love these books!

      My 18 month old daughter loves these books. They are all her favorites. She enjoys lifting the flaps & looking everytime we turn the page. She really enjoys all of the Karen Katz books. Some of her first words are from these books.

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