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Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids

Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids

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by Cindy Post Senning, Steve Bjorkman, Peggy Post

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Since 1922, the name Emily Post has represented good manners based on kindness, courtesy, and unselfishness. Today, the third generation of Post authors, Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, offers the children of the twenty-first century a comprehensive guide to good manners. This book is full of the simple, practical advice that Emily herself would have offered.


Since 1922, the name Emily Post has represented good manners based on kindness, courtesy, and unselfishness. Today, the third generation of Post authors, Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, offers the children of the twenty-first century a comprehensive guide to good manners. This book is full of the simple, practical advice that Emily herself would have offered. Written with kids in mind and full of bold illustrations, emily post's the guide to good manners for kids is a reference guide that children will use and parents can trust. It covers just about every situation a kid will face:

  • writing thank-you notes
  • attending after-school events
  • using the Internet safely
  • speaking -- politely -- on cell phones
  • participating in weddings
  • helping out at home

Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids has all the information on etiquette busy children -- and busy parents -- will need as they go about their daily lives.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Whether she was educating us about table settings or proper greetings for formal occasions, Emily Post made a name for herself by teaching manners to legions of readers. Since Emily's demise, her descendents have picked up the torch; and now, at the start of the 21st century, Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning aim their etiquette advice at kids. In chapters that focus on different areas of a child's life -- home, school, recreation, going out, and more -- the authors detail what manners to always remember and how to navigate potentially awkward situations. Wondering how to behave at a concert? Post and Senning give great pointers. What if your sister is the star of the show? The authors show how to handle that scenario with equal finesse. Whether kids are seeking advice about dealing with divorce, using cell phones in public, or choosing bunks at camp, this guide will steer them in the right direction with its straightforward language and sage wisdom. And with a smart introduction from the authors (and even a chapter on special religious and social events like weddings and quinceañeras), this handy reference will help incorporate children into a well-mannered society that would make Emily Post proud. Shana Taylor
Publishers Weekly
Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning (the coauthors are Emily Post's great-granddaughter-in-law and great-granddaughter) offers guidance even adults will appreciate, with age-old advice on attending weddings to contemporary etiquette on cell phone usage. The authors also suggest wording for invitations to a bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah, and explain events such as confirmation and quinceanera ("a Latino girl's fifteenth birthday") and offer ideas for small get-togethers, such as a picnic or slumber party. Pen-and-inks by Steve Bjokman liven up the proceedings. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Etiquette for children and teenagers is the subject of this great book that deserves to be promoted by libraries, bookstores and parents. It is easy to identify what needs to be learned through the chapter divisions. They are "Everyday Life," "At Home," "At School," "At Play," "Out and About," "On the Go," "Away From Home," and "Other Special Occasions." There is also an index. The introduction should not be overlooked either. The subtopics within the chapters help readers quickly find the material of interest. There are sidebars that give further detail or insight. There are black and-white drawings that emphasize a point. It is all quite good. A bonus is the compilation of relatively hard to find material, such as "Coming-of-Age Celebrations," The "Techno-Manners" and "Online Etiquette" which are certainly relevant today. My favorite is "Camp Havagreatime" because those experiences can be great or they can be terrible. This book would be a wonderful gift or a valuable contribution to libraries of all kinds. A suggestion that I would have, even though I love the colors on the cover, is that it should have a touch of masculinity so that boys know it is for them too! The authors are directors of the Emily Post Institute, Inc. 2004, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.
—Naomi Butler
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Post and Senning pinpoint the three main factors in etiquette as respect, consideration, and honesty. The book begins with a chapter on everyday life, which consists of thank yous and other written and spoken words, privacy, greetings and introductions, and techno-manners. The treatment of chat rooms, message boards, e-mail, pagers, and computers offers guidelines that protect users while facilitating positive, healthy interactions. Subsequent chapters take on family relations within the home, situations at school, social events, manners at the mall and concerts, hospital visits, religious events and weddings, and travel. Eating out, whether fast food or fine dining, is covered, as are funerals, taxis, and interacting with a person with a disability. The writing is clear, friendly, and sometimes clever, putting readers at ease and raising myriad possibilities through the use of "what if" scenarios, complete with possible dialogue and even multiple-choice answers. Lists of "Always and Nevers" provide quick reference for things like taking messages, making introductions, and borrowing personal items. "Sticky Situations" offers solutions to avoid embarrassment. The advice is consistently practical and simple, and is addressed to boys as well as girls ("Always put the toilet seat down"). Divorce or remarriage is treated compassionately, with specific suggestions for reacting honestly and considerately toward all parties. Simple sketch drawings adorn the text sporadically, offering humor but no additional information. A fine update to Elizabeth James and Carol Barkin's Social Smarts: Manners for Today's Kids (Clarion, 1996).-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D., codirector of The Emily Post Institute, Inc., developed a training program for etiquette educators and conducts children's etiquette workshops across the U.S. and overseas. Cindy is the coauthor of all the Emily Post children's books, with her sister-in-law, Peggy Post.

Steve Bjorkman has illustrated nearly one hundred picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy. He has also sold millions of greeting cards through Recycled Paper Greetings with his brother, Carl. Steve lives with his wife in Irvine, California.

Peggy Post, Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law, is a director of The Emily Post Institute and the author of more than a dozen books. Peggy writes a monthly column in Good Housekeeping and an online wedding etiquette column for the New York Times.

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Emily Post's The Guide to Good Manners for Kids 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Darbys_Closet More than 1 year ago
Emily Post tackle's the issue of "Table Manners for Kids". This book is co-authored by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, daughters of Emily. From how to eat cherry tomato's, to the proper way to set the table, to how to apologize for a slip up while at the table, to how to throw a dinner party, this book covers it all with easy to understand picture's along with question and answer segments. Kids will be delighted in how this book addresses common mistakes, makes light of them and moves on to the correct way to handle the situation. Nobody learns well when they receive table manner lessons while being ridiculed for their behavior at the table, and this book takes on the job of addressing common do's and do not's without the fear of being criticized. As an adult, I would recommend this book to people of all ages who have interaction with children, be their interaction daily or monthly, for our action's are the best teachers. This is an enjoyable read and I learned quite a lot regarding "proper table manners". Similar to how "slang" has infected our language; "slangish manner's" have infected our table habits and show up as a lack of respect for our selves and others while at the table.
DrewsMom More than 1 year ago
My 12 year old daughter is sweet and had been working on restaurant manners with her uncle when they would have a special dinner. I didn't see these skills being used at home without us reminding her to use her manners. I bought her this book as a gift and I think she is even surprised how much she is enjoying reading the lessons. She is absorbing the information and using it without being prodded. I am really glad we bought this book as it is nice to have a means to get the information through to her without any eye rolling whatsoever.