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Manners Can Be Fun
by Munro Leaf
Stick figure drawings and a brief text tell why good manners are important and how to have good manners at home, at play, and on visits.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Universe
(first published 1936)
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My mom read this and other Munro Leaf books to my brother and sister and me when we were little, and I later read those same old copies to my kids. These books are slightly dated but they're a lot of fun and the illustrations are terrific. The lessons are wise. The humor has held up all these years.
I loved this book! I read it in my 2nd grade placement and the kids cracked up. It is made up of sections on manners, like meeting someone for the first time, yawning around others, eating correctly, hand-shaking, and others. Some of the drawings are really funny; a few characters are listed as "The Whiners" and "The Grouches" for being really whiny and really grouchy around other people. This is a humorous book to be read and enjoyed to children to give them a good idea of what manners can be l ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Gaby Roman rated it 4 of 5 stars
This would be a wonderful book to introduce the topic of having manners. I would read this book in my classroom at the beginning of the year, and discuss the importance of having manners. I would have the students make a list of ways we can be polite to others in school and outside of school. I would also read this story before having a substitute enter the classroom. We would talk about how everyone needs to treat guest and other teachers with the same respect that they would give me.
Jun 07, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I thought this was a fun book that serves as a good way to remind children about manners. Our girls didn't really like it for two reasons: they got bored about halfway through and I think they were a little irritated when they saw things they do (at least occasionally) be labeled as inappropriate. Still, I think it was a good reinforcement of the things I teach them and it was coming from someone other than me.
This is a funny older book that has plenty of good lessons for kids today, too. It turns bad manners into caricatures of nasty little children "See this child with the big nose? That is because he's nosy..." Noisy kids, rude kids, destructive kids -- all made into caricatures that we're led to dislike. I thought it was great. And Atticus has always had good manners, so maybe this helped!!
Manners Can Be Fun is definitely a cute book but I don't know if I would add it to my classroom collection. If I were to bring it into the classroom it would only be appropriate in prek. The book is adorable and is a very easy read for even young children. This book would be a great at home book for kids to browse through.
This is a cute, creatively written, classic book of how to behave around other people. My grandmother read it to my mother, and now that it's back in print, my mother got a copy for my children. My nearly three-year-old really enjoys having it read to her.
Munro Leaf, author and illustrator of dozens of children’s books, is best remembered for his signature character, Ferdinand, the Spanish bull who preferred smelling flowers to fighting in a ring in Spain. Composed in less than an hour one Sunday afternoon in 1935, the book sparked controversy. With the Spanish Civil War raging, political critics charged that it was a satirical attack on aggression ...moreMore about Munro Leaf...