@ Your Library 10.1.20

A better way to behave


@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart

10.1. 20




Children instinctively know that it’s right to wait your turn, stand up to bullies, and share.  They do.  And they know when they are in the wrong, and sometimes they know they need some help to do what’s right.


Children know when they are in the right and when they are in the wrong, and they know when we are, too.


Here are a few titles to help reinforce what they already know:


  • Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems.  Piggie tells Gerald she has a surprise for him, but it is not there yet, so Gerald must be patient.

  • A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems.  Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.

  • Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems.  Gerald must decide if he should share his ice cream before it's too late.

  • Please Say Please!: Penguin's Guide to Manners by Margery Cuyler.  This jovial guide to manners may not tame wild young beasts, but it will have preschoolers giggling to see bears throwing spoons, chimps grabbing, and giraffes burping at Penguin's house. Cuyler introduces basic party etiquette in a question-and-answer format: "When a hippo sits down for dinner, she should put her napkin on her head. HOW PRETTY! Is that right?" By the time the page is turned, the hippo is back on track: "No, that's wrong. When a hippo sits down for dinner, she should lay her napkin on her lap. THAT'S BETTER!" Poor Penguin, complete with a small, white bowtie for extra primness, must witness further behavioral atrocities, but by the conclusion the newly enlightened menagerie is merrily on its way--with a thank-you and a come back soon. Hillenbrand's simple, comical illustrations harness the messy chaos (and flying food) of childhood with bold black lines and plenty of good humor.

  • How do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen ; illustrated by Mark Teague.  Describes how a dinosaur eats, with no rude noises and while sitting very still.

  • A Smart Girl's Guide to Manners: The Secrets to Grace, Confidence, and Being Your Best by Nancy Holyoke; illustrated by Cathi Mingus.  An introduction to socially acceptable conduct in all sorts of situations.



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