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Manners Matter on the Playground
     

Manners Matter on the Playground

by Lori Mortensen, Lisa Hunt (Illustrator)
 

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Who is using good manners on the playground? Can you guess who is using bad manners? Take a peek at students at recess to see how they use good manners to take turns, play fair, and share.

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Who is using good manners on the playground? Can you guess who is using bad manners? Take a peek at students at recess to see how they use good manners to take turns, play fair, and share.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Lunch is over. It's time for recess! Everyone loves to go outside to play. When manners are used, the playground can be fun for everyone. After an introduction of manners, an illustration asks readers to find students using good manners on the playground. This graphic presntation is an excellent way to invite discussion, but it could have been even more effective if it filled the whole page. Some of the examples shown in this illustration are referred to directly by the continuing text and pictures, but others are not discussed further, like the boy throwing a wad of paper at the back of a girl's head. The book would have been more engaging if the examples had been more clearly organized and if a wider variety of situations had been presented. Showing students taking turns in several different games does not support a thoughtful way of behaving toward others as much as it emphasizes a particular rule. The clarity of the message and the ability of the illustrations to enhance that message are hindered by an overuse of similes. Particularly for the young readers that are the intended audience. The illustration of children running from a student holding a sandwich will convey the idea that it is rude to put your food in someone else's face, not the intended meaning, "People with bad manners chase others away like an old tuna sandwich." While this book could be useful in starting a discussion about playground behavior if shared with a group, it is not likely to deliver the entire message on its own. There is a table of contents, glossary, and index. The suggestions for further reading and the Facthound website may help teachers develop a full lesson. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429662260
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
First Graphics: Manners Matter Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
GN430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lori Mortensen is a multi-published children’s author who writes fiction and nonfiction on all sorts of subjects. When she’s not plunking away at the keyboard, she enjoys making cheesy bread rolls, gardening, and hanging out with her family at their home in northern California.

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