Children's LiteratureTeens interested in learning basic proper manners will gain a multitude of straightforward tips in this six-chapter book. It is the book all parents will want their teens to read, but probably few teens will take the time to read through this social etiquette guide. The author continuously stresses the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) throughout chapters that each break down a social scene, such as manners at home, school and on the Internet. Each chapter begins with problems written to and answered by "Suzy Social." Etiquette tips are parsed and explained in bulleted sections and each chapter ends with a top ten list of rules covering the particular social setting. Odd, sometimes irrelevant, black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout the book. School counselors may be interested in such a book for their students, but would be advised to look for other more attractive teen etiquette books. A further reading list with Internet sites and an index are included. This is part of the "Teen Issues" series. 2001, Enslow, $17.95. Ages 12 to 17. Reviewer: Melissa A. Caudill
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5 Up-Dougherty approaches good manners as a means of showing respect and consideration for others, thereby prompting reciprocation and easing social relationships and situations. Consequently, Cool explores ways of applying the Golden Rule at home, at school, in public, and in social settings, rather than listing rules about which fork to use. Always practical and low-key, the tips and attitudes emphasize kindness and courtesy as a way of life. Each chapter begins with several questions and answers from a fictitious advice column describing sensitive or sticky scenarios and suggestions to ease the awkwardness. The author follows this effective hook with a straightforward discussion of etiquette within a particular sphere of interactions, and ends the chapter with a "top ten" list that succinctly boils it all down to very simple rules of conduct. In a chapter on Netiquette, Dougherty addresses polite use of the Internet, including writing e-mail, participating in a chat room, and sending instant messages. She emphasizes self-protection of privacy, as well as considerate interaction. Enjoyably written, the book devotes minimal space to photos of teens in various settings. Elizabeth L. Post and Joan M. Coles's Emily Post's Teen Etiquette (HarperCollins, 1995) is more comprehensive on the particular rules but at times becomes a little preachy.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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