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Each title offers nine examples of good manners, one per spread. The writing is clear, no-nonsense. The correct behavior is highlighted through an example-"Elliot waits his turn to ride the swing"-followed by the sentence "He [or she or they] is [or are] using good manners," which strengthens the message. Yet this style wears a bit thin by the end of the book. Upbeat, well-mannered (no doubt) children of different ethnicities are shown on the endpapers and throughout. The digitally created illustrations are large, colorful, and interesting, helping to highlight the lessons. Each book has a useless index and a "Fun Facts" page. One fun fact is that in Tibet, people enjoy watching yak racing (Playground ). Fun? Perhaps. Relevant? Not really. The "Good Manners" series (Capstone) offers similar information in a smaller format, with photographs of children participating in polite conduct. Finn's titles are, all told, pleasing-to-the-eye introductions to correct behavior, especially suitable for classroom use.
—Anne Chapman CallaghanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.