Mind Your Manners! by Diane Goode

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Come not to the table without having read this book!

You Are Invited
To share a meal
Where: The Abbotts’ house
When: As soon as you open this book
But watch out – the Abbotts and their dogs have absolutely atrocious table manners. They speak with their mouths full, complain about the food they are serving, and argue in front of the company. The Abbotts also violate some more obscure table-manner taboos, such as smelling their meat and staring what’s on the plate of a dinner companion.
With rules lifted in the vernacular from an early-nineteenthcentury primer (the full text of the rules is appended), and uproarious pictures that do most of the storytelling, this is a lively and wonderful celebration of good manners.

About Diane Goode

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Diane Goode is the illustrator of more than fifty beloved and critically acclaimed picture books including the Caldecott Honor Book "When I Was Young in the Mountains" by Cynthia Rylant. She is also the illustrator of "President Pennybaker" and "My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life", both by Kate Feiffer; and "Louise the Big Cheese: Divine Diva", " Louise the Big Cheese and the La Di Da Shoes", and "Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty Pants", all by Elise Primavera. Diane lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy.
Published November 1, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Simple but precisely defining lines, a pastel palette and period dress detail the scenes and capture the facial expressions of the guests that register disgust, shock or disbelief as the rhymes exaggerate the “what-not-to-dos.” An author’s note explains how her inspiration came from an 1802 child...

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