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Everyday graces : a child's book of good manners
Santorum, Karen Garver.
Publication Information:
Wilmington, DE : ISI Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvi, 391 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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The regrettable fact is that the subject of manners is not much discussed anymore, and good manners seem practiced even less. But good manners are a prerequisite for the growth of moral character; they are the habits of conduct and behavior by which we express in the most ordinary circumstances our fundamental respect for others, whether parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers.

Fortunately, Karen Santorum has produced for parents and teachers a wonderfully rich and instructive anthology to help instill good manners in our children--and stand against a decline of civility and a coarsening of our common life.

Under such headings as "Honor Your Mother and Father," "Please and Thank You," "No Hurtful Words," "Good Behavior in Sport," and "Showing Respect for Country," Everyday Graces features stories and poems that will develop and enrich the moral imagination. This marvelous anthology features classic selections from such well-known authors as Hans Christian Anderson, Beatrix Potter, Mark Twain, Frances Hodgson Burnett, C. S. Lewis, Max Lucado, and Arnold Lobel, as well as forgotten gems that deserve a new hearing.

Mrs. Santorum writes that this anthology grew out of the frustration of not being able to find a book on manners that instructs through stories rather than by rules of dos and don'ts. She and her husband tried and tested many of these selections on their six children. Each of the selections is briefly introduced with a thoughtful commentary at the close, producing an informality and intimacy that is inviting and infectious.

Find out why Everyday Graces has become a beloved feature in homes, schools, churches, and libraries across America.

Author Notes

Karen Santorum is one of twelve children. By profession she is both a nurse and an attorney. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and worked for several years in a neonatal intensive care unit. Her Juris Doctorate degree is from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a Law Review member. Karen is married to United States Senator Rick Santorum. They have seven children: Elizabeth Anne, Richard John, Daniel James, Gabriel Michael (deceased), Sarah Maria, Peter Kenneth, and Patrick Francis. Her greatest role and love in life is being a full-time mother at home

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Favorite stories and poems teach lessons about good behavior in Everyday Graces: A Child's Book of Good Manners, edited by Karen Santorum. Organized into topics such as "Good Manners at Home," "Using Words Wisely" and "Table Manners," the selections include poems such as Jack Prelutsky's "Why Do I Have to Clean My Room?" and "Politeness" by A.A. Milne, plus fables from Aesop and tales from Mother Goose. Each is followed by Santorum's brief commentary on the morals learned. An excerpt from Anne of Green Gables, for instance, teaches readers how not to behave in school; an episode from Pinocchio serves as "a good example... of how we can all take care of the sick and help ease their suffering." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-This book draws on selections from children's literature to make its pendantic point. Each chapter addresses a particular aspect of etiquette through excerpts from novels, stories, or poems. Topics include good manners at home, using words wisely, table manners, washing and dressing, appreciating people with disabilities, kindness toward the elderly and sick, writing letters, how to behave in church, and respecting our country. For instance, a chapter from Anne of Green Gables in which Anne loses her temper at school is followed by Santorum's summing it up with: "If another child teases you during class time, wait until the teacher is done with the lesson and discuss the problem with him." Poor Pippi Longstocking, who has charmed children and adults for years, gets quite a scolding: "Don't talk back to your teachers or interrupt like Pippi did, it's very disrespectful." Readers are sure to be turned off by the didactic tone. Stick with Aliki's Manners (1990) and Hello! Good-bye! (1996; o.p., both Greenwillow), as well as Martha Whitmore Hickman's Good Manners for Girls and Boys (Crown, 1985; o.p.) and Elizabeth James and Carol Barkin's Social Smarts (Clarion, 1996).-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Joe PaternoKaren Santorum
Forewordp. xi
Note to Parentsp. xiii
I. Good Manners at Home
1. Honor Your Mother and Fatherp. 3
2. Helping Out at Homep. 19
3. Loving Your Familyp. 29
4. Loving Your Homep. 35
II. Using Words Wisely
1. Please, Thank You, and Other Kind Wordsp. 45
2. Taming the Tonguep. 59
3. Telling the Truthp. 81
III. Table Manners
1. Be Considerate at the Tablep. 89
2. Eat in Moderation and Be Generous to Othersp. 107
3. Appreciate What You Are Servedp. 119
4. Setting the Tablep. 127
IV. Washing and Dressing
1. Washingp. 139
2. Dressingp. 145
V. Appreciating People with Disabilitiesp. 163
VI. Caring for the Elderly and Sick
1. Befriending the Elderlyp. 179
2. Caring for the Sickp. 187
VII. Out and About: Getting Along with Others
1. Visiting Other People's Homesp. 211
2. Seeing the Good in Peoplep. 225
3. Celebrating Your Friends' Successesp. 237
4. Helping Each Otherp. 247
5. Good Ways to Lose Friendsp. 257
VIII. Good Manners in School
1. Working Hardp. 275
2. Classroom Courtesyp. 283
IX. Good Sportsmanshipp. 307
X. Writing Letters and Invitations
1. Lettersp. 319
2. Invitationsp. 329
XI. Church, Weddings, and Funerals
1. Churchp. 339
2. Weddingsp. 343
3. Funeralsp. 347
XII. Kindness towards Animalsp. 357
XIII. Respecting Our Country
1. Good Citizenshipp. 371
2. Respecting the American Flagp. 377
Acknowledgmentsp. 381
Permissionsp. 383
Index of Titlesp. 385