Various children wait patiently in line at the lunch room, say "please" and "thank you" to the lunch server, and talk quietly. Morgan chews with her mouth closed, Lucy helps a friend clean up a spill, and Timothy and Sasha "put their milk cartons in the recycling bin." Each action is followed by the refrain in bold print: "He/She/They are using good manners." The computer-generated colored pictures show cheerful children with large heads. The book concludes: "Using good manners shows respect to other students and the school staff. Good manners make it possible for everyone to enjoy lunch." "Fun Facts" appear in colored balls on a page at the end. One says: "In Spain, many kids go home for lunch instead of eating at school." A list of other books to read, websites, and an index are included. This is one of the "Way to Be! Manners" series. Teachers and parents may enjoy using this book to teach manners. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
Amanda Doering Tourville is the author of more than 15 books for children. Her book Rain Forest ABC: An Alphabet Book (Capstone Press, 2004) was nominated for the 2005-2006 Mocking Bird Award. The same book was also on the American Library Association's booklist of Outstanding Science Read-Alouds.
Amanda currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and her chinchilla. She loves animals and would have an entire zoo if she could. She also enjoys traveling and photographing wonderful, exotic places. Her photography has been featured in books and magazines.