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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
“The Dos and Don’ts” by Hayley Rose is a vividly colorful book to help teach good manners to children. Each pair of pages feature a “Don’t be (or do) something”, followed by a “Do…” whatever the “well mannered” child should do. For example, the story begins with, “Don’t talk with your mouth full of food.” The next page admonishes, “Do wait until you have swallowed your bite to speak.” Similar pairings of the improper and the proper way of behaving in a number of situations make up the remainder of the book. On every page the word “Don’t” or “Do” is printed in a bright, contrasting colored font, to further help children remember the good manners from the bad. This book is impressively illustrated by Mark Sean Wilson, who has been illustrating children’s books for the past one decade, and is quite obviously very talented. Really, the best way to describe the copious use of color is to say the illustrations are sensational. There is not a kid alive who would not be drawn to the attractive artwork, and while they are looking at the pictures, you and the text are teaching them good manners!
This book, though not overly long (it is 48 pages) and is fairly comprehensive. I almost hate to admit it, but even I learned a few new manners while reading the book! And it has been a long time since anybody could call me a kid. It has also been a long time since I had any kids in the elementary grades, so I don’t know if good manners is a part of contemporary school curricula, but this book is a valuable tool that every parent should have in his/her child’s library. I recommend “The Dos and Don’ts” for every child from preschool on up to…, well, up to whenever they learn good manners!