Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book Review: A Quest for Good Manners

A Quest for Good Manners
By Karen LeFranc
Beluga Press, 2011
English, 32 pages

A Quest for Good Manners is a Mom's Choice Awards® Gold Recipient.
Rosalind is not your typical princess she and her pet dragon, Sparkler, are very rude. "What's the big deal with manners anyway?" the princess asks. "Why do we always have to say please and thank you? And who cares how we use a napkin?" Appalled by this behavior, the queen banishes the impolite pair from her castle until they find Good Manners. Percival, the wizard, sends them on their quest with the help of a magic fork, facing several challenges along the way. Not until the final test do Rosalind and Sparkler discover the real secret behind Good Manners.
Manners are more than mere rules of etiquette. Good manners make others feel at ease and are the foundation of compassion and gratitude. It is a never-ending quest for parents and teachers to instill in our children the importance of good manners. This book is a precious tool in achieving that goal. Children and parents alike will love and learn from this story.

My little boys have loved this book since it came in earlier in the week. My 5 year old is scared he's going to be banished if he doesn't get better manners too. Hey, I'll take it. It's working! He has been more polite than he was before. I've quizzed him several times on the 4 important things to say (Please, Thank You, You're Welcome, I'm Sorry) and he has them down! He has even been polite to his younger brother! There has also been less slurping and burping.

The book is really cute and the pictures are excellent! It's a book that you will find yourself reading over and over with your kids. There were only a few words I had to explain (banish, craggy). I've noticed the 5 year old on his bed re-reading it several times by himself!

The lessons in the book are so important and not always easy to teach. I'm glad there's a story to read where we can discuss what's going on and why things happen as they do in the book. It's putting the message into their heads in a way that is more fun and is less Mom!

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

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