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Someday we'll have very good manners
Ziefert, Harriet.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam's, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Characters discuss what they know about good manners and how they will have them someday, but for now they are "just kids."
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 47518.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Of course kids know how to say please and thank you! Of course they know how to wait in line politely and to give up a seat to someone who might need it more. They certainly know how to sit at a table and pass the food nicely. But will they? No way! That's for when they're grown up and boring! When they get older they'll have good manners, but for now...they're just kids!In this spoof on manners handbooks, Harriet Ziefert and Chris Demarest have captured the fun of bad manners--whether it's slamming doors, cutting lines or being just plain rude--with enough humor and pizzazz to make readers of all ages laugh out loud.

Author Notes

Harriet Ziefert is a children's author born in 1941 in New Jersey. She has written several hundred children's books, including the Little Hippo series. Ziefert and illustrator Emilie Bon have collaborated on a series of "Little Hippo" books, the first of which was published in 1988 by Viking Penguin. The books are written for children between 1 1/2 to 5 years-of-age. They are intended to help children deal with change, like the addition of a new baby to the family or moving to a new house.

Her titles include Little Hippo's New Baby, Little Hippo's New Friend, Little Hippo's New School and Grandpa, Will You Play With Me?

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. A merry manners handbook, in which a brother and sister announce all the social situations they'll handle with polite aplomb when they're grown up. Meanwhile, Demarest's watercolor cartoons accompanying statements like "we're going to have very good table manners," show the boy and girl jubilantly juggling eating utensils, shoveling food into their mouths, grabbing and burping. The comic juxtapositions follow these kids--more boisterous than maliciouscomplain), phone manners ("Hey! What do you want?"), house behavior (they drag in mud; they storm in on towel-wearing, shocked Mother in the bathroom), turn-taking (forget it), and table manners. This is a sly way to convey manners: the situations are familiar, the right way to act is plainly stated, and the kids' behavior is so outlandish that children will probably look and laugh long enough for the lessons to sink in. --Connie Fletcher

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-In the opening illustration, a brother and sister pose sweetly with their parents, dog, and cat and announce, "When we grow up, we're going to have very good manners." The rest of the text consists of words of planned politeness paired with pictures of reality. "I'll be so polite" accompanies a picture of a bicycle struggle; in dialogue balloons, the boy says, "My turn!" while the girl exclaims, "But I just got it!" The watercolor cartoon illustrations give a funny, exaggerated look at a great variety of not-so-good manners. Facial expressions and body language speak volumes. On the final pages, the two reveal that, "Someday we'll have manners. But for now, we're just kids!" While this sentiment will be jarring to adults who believe that everyone, no matter how young, should be encouraged to develop good manners, the humorous approach to the subject could generate a lively, positive discussion.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.