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Charming, fanciful picture book on good manners.

Offers advice on how to cope correctly with a variety of common and uncommon social situations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812431087
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1986
  • Sales rank: 689,131
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    I love this!!!

    Amazing!! This is a manner book, but told with hilariously silly situations. What do you say, dear, when a man selling bears on the corner asks you if you would like one? No, thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    Excellent for teaching the basics

    I love this book!! I too read this when I was a child. Now more than ever, children need guidelines and rules est. while they are young. I have seen TOO many kids behaving poorly towards other children and adults. I love the fantasy aspect of the book. Children learn by playing and PRETENDING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2004

    Here's what I say...

    I love this book...my mom read this to me as a child and I enjoyed it. Its a fun, entertaining way for kids to learn manners and such.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Fantasy can teach manners!

    I remember reading this book to my children and then sharing it in my classroom. I am going to buy a copy for each of my now adult children to share with their own children, at their request. The aspects of violence referred to by other readers can be explained as fantasy or pretend. Children can accept the fact that they may not try or do all the things they see in books. They do get the idea of good manners from this one. In my classroom I have heard children reminding each other of manners by references to the book. 'You supposed to say you're sorry if you bump into someone.' The real message gets through!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    Love it!

    I remember this from many years ago, when I was young. I have long wanted a copy of it for my children. The basic message is to be polite no matter how extreme the situation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2003

    No guns, please!

    I am another mom of a preschooler who found the guns and beheading of dragons a bit much. I ended up skipping these pages when I read it to my son and quickly returning it to the library!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2002

    Cute Book

    The lady's review above is what's wrong with the children today! This does not in any way teach violence. It is a book and that is all!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    Questionable story Line, cute concept

    The idea is great! maurice Sendak is a classic! But cutting heads off dragons and the like is a bit much for my pre schooler. I think this is an older book and back in the days violence was never questioned. it's really old-school in that aspect. Better for older kids, i guess.

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