Social Smarts

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In a conversational, interspersed with letters from fictional columnist K.T. ("Knows The") Answers, the authors offer advice on subjects of concern to middle graders.

Offers advice on how to handle all kinds of social situations and personal interactions, presented with letters from two eighth graders to an etiquette advice columnist, K. T. Answers.

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Overview

In a conversational, interspersed with letters from fictional columnist K.T. ("Knows The") Answers, the authors offer advice on subjects of concern to middle graders.

Offers advice on how to handle all kinds of social situations and personal interactions, presented with letters from two eighth graders to an etiquette advice columnist, K. T. Answers.

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"This etiquette primer tackles a few issues that are of increasing concern to the target age group. . . . the writing throughout is clear; and it's noteworthy that that the authors do more than simply tell readers how to behave—they usually explain why." Booklist, ALA
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6This guide explores a wide variety of settings in which consideration of others and appropriate etiquette are importantintroducing people, speaking on the telephone, etc. Key chapters explain social conventions and procedures for behaviors at school, at the dinner table, at parties, on vacation, and in the general public (e.g., movie theaters, bus stops, malls). James and Barkin provide not only the "hows" but also the "whys." The explanatory text is neatly spliced with fictionalized question-and-answer advice-column letters to a mythical columnist, "K.T. (Knows The) Answer." The authors are to be commended for giving wise counsel for difficult situations such as supporting a friend who is mourning the loss of a loved one. However, they seem to aim their book chiefly at young women. Yes, boys' names are sprinkled throughout and boys are included in the cartoon-style pen-and-ink illustrations, but the examples in the text more often than not appear to be directed at girls. Shopping behavior, for example, describes the rude behavior of girls trying on clothing in a store with no intention of making a purchase. Clamorous, boisterous boys need good manners, too.Jerry D. Flack, University of Colorado
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395813126
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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