Dear Miss Perfect by Sandra Dutton
A Beast's Guide to Proper Behavior

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However beastly the problem, Miss Perfect, a correspondent for the Beastly Gazette, has the answer:

Say “I’m sorry” if you accidentally crush someone.
Clean your room when asked.
And never chew on your sister without first asking permission.

Readers will laugh at Miss Perfect’s often surprising but always on-target advice, and find a kinship with the animals, whose problems are not all that different from their own.

About Sandra Dutton

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In addition to teaching English at the college level, founding her own literary magazine, River City Review, and exhibiting her paintings, Sandra has published several books including Dear Miss Perfect: A Beast's Guide to Proper Behavior with Houghton Mifflin, described by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review as "a witty collection that entertains while subtly conveying information." Dutton was born in Springfield, Missouri, "Gateway to the Ozarks," and has lived in Louisville, Kentucky. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Maine. You can visit Sandra Dutton at and
Published April 9, 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An articulate bird named Miss Perfect serves as the advice columnist for the Beastly News in this witty collection that entertains while subtly conveying information about manners and letter-writing conventions.

Mar 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Dear Miss Perfect: A Beast's ...

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