A Quest for Good Manners

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Rosalind is not your typical princess--she and her pet dragon, Sparkler, are very rude. ''What's the big deal with manners anyway?'' the princess asks. ''Why do we always have to say please and thank you? And who cares how we use a napkin?''

Appalled by this behavior, the queen banishes the impolite pair from her castle until they find Good Manners. Percival, the wizard, sends them on their quest with the help of a magic fork, facing several ...
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Overview

Rosalind is not your typical princess--she and her pet dragon, Sparkler, are very rude. ''What's the big deal with manners anyway?'' the princess asks. ''Why do we always have to say please and thank you? And who cares how we use a napkin?''

Appalled by this behavior, the queen banishes the impolite pair from her castle until they find Good Manners. Percival, the wizard, sends them on their quest with the help of a magic fork, facing several challenges along the way. Not until the final test do Rosalind and Sparkler discover the real secret behind Good Manners.

Manners are more than mere rules of etiquette--good manners make others feel at ease and are the foundation of compassion and gratitude. It is a never-ending quest for parents and teachers to instill in our children the importance of good manners. This book is a precious tool in achieving that goal. Children and parents alike will love--and learn from--this story.
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Editorial Reviews

John Valeri
"seamlessly melds instruction with entertainment as Princess Rosalind and Sparkler encounter a series of challenges along their journey. Table manners, equality of people, the importance of words such as please, thank you, and I’m sorry, and the redemptive powers of showing kindness and consideration to others are but a few of the lessons that are learned along the way."
Renee Hand
This 32-page picture book is a fun and meaningful way to demonstrate to children that good manners are not just boring rules but a show of kindness and consideration to others. Politeness = respect of others.
Mom's Choice Award
A Quest for Good Manners is a Mom's Choice Award Gold Recipient.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983045908
  • Publisher: Emerald Book Co.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 821,193
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Karin Lefranc teaches etiquette and table manners classes to young boys and girls, as well as self-confidence, agility, relaxation and mindfulness techniques through her Kids Yoga programs.

Born in Sweden, Lefranc lived in three more countries--Lebanon, South Africa and England--before moving to the U.S. for college. She graduated in English from Bard College in upstate New York, and then traveled the world again while working for IDG Books to license the ''Dummies'' series into different languages.

The jet setter and her husband settled down in Simsbury, Connecticut, and Lefranc opened a children's store in nearby Avon called Over the Moon. Aside from selling clothes and children's books, LeFranc offered classes ranging from High Tea & Etiquette to Please Pass the Table Manners.

Lefranc debuts as an author this year with A Quest for Good Manners, teaching young readers why it matters to be polite. Sometimes her four children--three girls and a boy--need to go on their own quest to find good manners, but they usually find them by the end of dinner.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    I am a preschool teacher and I take very seriously what books I

    I am a preschool teacher and I take very seriously what books I choose to read to my students. I like books that have bright, colorful pictures, not to many words on each page, and of course a theme that can be discussed. A Quest for Good Manners has each of these three things. The book is about a princess and her dragon who have terrible manners. They burp and slurp, are not polite, and have horrible table manners. The Queen is so disgusted that she sends the two on a quest to find "good manners". The princess and dragon go throughout the land where they take part in many obstacles set up to help them discover what good manners are.

    I love the theme of this book! Good manners is a topic that many preschoolers are still learning. This book presents manners in a fun and easy to explain way. Children will love looking at the colorful pictures and the fun adventures the princess and dragon embark on. The dialogue on each page is perfect; not to long and not to short. The book does not drag on and is just long enough that it will hold the preschoolers attention. I plan on reading this to my preschoolers at the beginning of the year to jump start the year long lesson of learning good manners. I think this will be a book that myself and my students will refer to over and over again.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Great book!

    Parents will love the lesson and kids will love the illustrations. A home run.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

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    Very Classy

    I have 4 children, and they are so similar to Rosalind and her pet dragon, Sparkler.(I think a lot of children are;)
    That's one reason this book was so special! It made my little ones laugh at the beginning, because they do the same, and hear the same as the characters did!
    We really enjoyed reading this book, and the kids of course, were all full of manners immediately afterwards! (Yes, I have to read it often, but luckily, Aaron, he is 8, loves to read out loud too!)
    The illustrations are charming, and the book itself is especially neat. The kids love the cover, and even the way the words are on the pages. (We loved the please, thank you and your welcome parts.)
    By the middle of the book, Genevive, (she is 5), was able to understand before I read it, what they should have done or said, and we were super proud that she was learning some manners!
    I really love the cute story and how simple the author makes the lesson of manners that some of us parents have a hard time with. Of course, at least in our family, the kids are great in public, but when it comes to respecting each other and being kind and considerate at home, it doesn't last to long. But, all in all, so far, we have had a wonderful response with this book and even Deegan,(he's 2), knows that when this book comes off the shelf, it is please and thank you time!
    I recommend this to all little princes and princesses, and any parent or grandparent who may be getting tired of repeatedly asking, well, begging, for their little ones to have some manners!

    ** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    My daughter and I enjoyed reading this book together! The story

    My daughter and I enjoyed reading this book together! The story definitely shows how good manners are needed in any occasion especially during dinner. My 10 year old daughter was reminded on some important points during the story.

    Princess Rosalind portraits a typical child who has "a know it all" character. Rosalind and her dragon, Sparkler are enjoyable characters. Their quest for good manners was an exciting journey, meeting fantasy characters in various scenarios like the Wizard, Percival and the "excalibured fork" .

    The illustrations are colorfully shown with each character along with accurate facial expressions during each good manners lesson.

    This book is truly engaging and captivating. What a wonderful way to show how important good manners are in all settings!

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Fantastically Fun!

    A Quest For Good Manners is a fantastically illustrated and fun story about a rude little princess and her pet dragon who are on the search for good manners. This beautiful book is an entertaining and engaging way for young children to learn about how to properly use their manners. Rosalind is taught when to say please and thank you, how to properly eat at the table and how to be kind and compassionate.

    I read A Quest For Good Manners with my two and three year old daughters and they absolutely loved it. They were so absorbed with Princess Rosalind's adventures that they had no idea they were learning about manners.

    I have to take a moment and comment on Hannah Neale's illustrations because they were absolutely gorgeous! A Quest For Good Manners is full of bright and appealing illustrations. This isn't your typical princess book with fairy dust and soft pastel's. The bright colours and hilarious pictures were enough to make my two little princesses lifetime fans of this book.

    With it's fun and exciting adventure based story line and it's cheerful illustrations A Quest for Good Manners is a must have book for all young princesses. Not only did Karen Lefranc write a fun children's story book but she has also found the perfect way to teach (or remind) children about essential manners.

    I received a free copy of A Quest For Good Manners from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    I love this book! Too cute!!

    This book is absolutely adorable!! The illustrations are so fun and the story is just beyond darling. It's not just an enjoyable read -- it will actually help kids learn manners. It's not "in your face" with a list of rules they won't care about, let alone follow! It's a cute story that explains the importance of manners, making it much more interesting! Great book for kids!

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    KARIN LEFRANC'S "A QUEST FOR GOOD MANNERS" (A REVIEW)

    I just finished reading this book to my 10 year old daughter and she loved it. Even though the book is written for ages 2 to 8 she enjoyed it very much. The pictures are bright and colorful and interesting! It is all about a Quest for good manners. When the fate of her dragon is on the line, Rosalind decides to go on a quest to find good manners and find out why they are so important. Along the way she meets others that are interested in helping her and her dragon learn how they should conduct themselves when in public.

    This book is definitely a must read and would be extremely beneficial in helping parents teach their young children how important it is to always use good manners. A wonderful little book!

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