Gage will be 21 months old this week, can you believe it?! Every day I see his mind working in new ways and it is exciting and fun to watch and encourage. (The encouraging part is also exhausting, but that’s another post) I see some toddlers his age doing the most amazing things, like listening to their mamas, drinking from a big boy cup, NOT throwing their sippy cups to the floor, not throwing most things on the floor from their lofty perch in the high chair…Anyway, Gage has a lot to learn about manners. In the past week or so he’s started saying please (or peas in Gage-speak) with some encouragement and I’m very excited about that! So, it was a no brainer when I was offered to review the book The Quest for Good Manners by Karin Lefranc and illustrated by Hannah Neale. I read it to Gage while he was eating breakfast this morning and he was surprising engaged. I thought there might be too many words, but he was captivated by the illustrations and listened to the whole book. We took it on our morning walk and I took some pictures of his reactions to the story and pictures…
A Quest for Good Manners follows Princess Rosalind and her pet dragon, Sparkler, on their journey to find good manners. From the wizard Percival she learns how to handle a fork, from the fairy with purple wings how to say please, thank you, you’re welcome and I’m sorry, and from Lady Grace how to behave at the dinner able and showing kindness and consideration.
It was the perfect amount of teaching with the perfect amount of story and with a beautiful full-page illustration on every page, this is an easy one to recommend. Gage and I both loved it. I liked the lesson and I think Gage really liked the pictures. A fire breathing dragon that burps is going to be a hit with any little boy I think.
I suggest going to the website where you’ll find fun, printable activities for the kids that follow the story. Placements, coloring pages, connect the dots, and a quiz (you all know how much I love quizzes. Poor Gage).
I’m giving this 5 stars!!! Thanks so much to Karin for sending me a copy of her book. It’s a hit in our house.