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Manners on the Playground

Manners on the Playground

by Carrie Finn, Chris Lensch (Illustrator)

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Why do you have to take turns on the swings? Find out how good manners make the playground safe and fun for everyone.


Why do you have to take turns on the swings? Find out how good manners make the playground safe and fun for everyone.

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Children's Literature - Kimberly O'Meara
Manners are essential for children to learn as they grow into adulthood. The "Way to Be! Manners" series is a good catalyst for that learning process. This book happens to focus on increasing manners on the playground, where manners can sometimes be ignored. The text begins with a general informational description of the playground and why manners are so important when playing at a playground. The book then delves into specific instances in which manners are used. Waiting for a turn, saying thank you, listening to the playground attendant, and using the equipment properly are all explained in plain everyday language, making the text accessible to a larger range of ages. The illustrations created by computer graphics also lend the text a feeling of modern day children and issues. This book could easily be incorporated into a beginning of the year unit on behavior expectations for the classroom and school rules.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
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.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Way to Be!: Manners Series
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Carrie Finn never thought that she would write books, much less books for children. However, after spending so much time with her 13 nieces and nephews, something must have rubbed off on her. She’s now the author of 10 titles for Picture Window Books. Carrie has been teaching college writing since 1999 and continues to enjoy helping others with their writing. She stays busy by throwing pottery on the wheel, playing the piano, baking bread from scratch, and talking to the miniature donkeys on the farm near her house. Carrie currently lives in Waterloo, Iowa, with her husband and trusty sidekick, Dan.

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