Book Review! Manners Time by Elizabeth Verdick

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    Book Review! Manners Time by Elizabeth Verdick

    Manners Time by Elizabeth Verdick is part of Free Spirit Publishing’s Toddler Tools series. It is available as a sturdy board book which works great for the toddler set (ages 2-5). All of the in the Toddler Tools series are visually appealing, with bright textures and colors. The illustrations are truly lovely, with of many races and colors represented.

    The Toddler Tools are designed to be used before, during, or after the more “trying times” that inevitably come with toddlerhood. This particular book speaks to being friendly, kind, and polite. With simple words, Time introduces such as greeting others, using eye contact, and saying “please” and “thank you”. It also talks about what to do if you don’t want something (saying “no” in a polite way) or if you burp, sneeze or cough. Apologies and forgiveness are touched on and the book ends by encouraging to compliment others. I especially like how the author expresses that “start with a smile” and ” then you add the words”. At its most basic, this is a book that simply exposes young to kind words.

    One of the best things about this series of is the “Tips Section for and Caregivers” that is included in each book. These tips remind to have age appropriate expectations of . During the toddler years, most skills (such as ) can be practiced but don’t expect them to be mastered. For the majority of , it takes years for and to stick. are encouraged to model the they want to see from their and to find ways to promote and respect in everyday situations.

    are important as a child grows but the most important skills are the basics- and respect for others. What we say to others is important – our words are important. That is something that a toddler can understand and practice each day.

    Let Them Fly!
    Paige

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