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I loved this book as a kid and I'm happy to pass it down to my kids! Easy read and teaches manners in a way kids can understand.
This book is composed of several stories. It is a very interesting concept full of valuable information. It is a lot at once for children.
Richard Scarry was a world class Children's author that my mom really enjoyed....which is why, in honor of children everywhere, I'm so happy to dump on this overly sterile, deprecating bastard. His illustrations are first rate, which is the least of his problems since they are there to hide the little messages of hatred and force fed moralist about being ostracized for having an independent mind. Six mini stories involving Scarry's animal creations preach the same bullshit you find in the Bible,...
Overall good book, useful for teaching good manners to children. It is geared just right for the kindergarten age group. My children found it very funny & entertaining. I feel the book could have been organized a bit better. I wish there weren't so many blatant examples of bad behavior in the book. Also, the example of giving someone who gives you a present a "BIG kiss", otherwise according to the book you are stingy.....well, for several different reasons this is just a bad idea and certainly s...
I really dislike this book. It attempts to teach manners in a very simplistic, preachy, nagging way. I can't imagine that hearing a list of things you should and shouldn't do (even with parental commentary) is going to sink in, and I even worry about putting new ideas of bad things into my two-year-old daughter's head ("wait, you can light things on fire?"). I'd give it one star, but my daughter inexplicably wants to read it every day, so it gets three.
This book has many good short stories to teach kids about manners in different situations. We have been trying to teach our daughter about whining and the "Pest" story has finally hit the concept home for her! There are some outdated things in the book but pretty much everything still rings true in today's world.
I love most Richard Scarry books but this one was so chaotic and disorganized. And on top of it, I think it might be overboard in telling children ALL the things they should and shouldn't do. I can do that as a parent when/if the time does comes.
Over the years this book has helped my children to understand certain concepts within obedience and considerate living. My favorite section is "Lowly Worm's Horrid Pests".
One of my daughter's favorites (and I remembered "Pig Will and Pig Won't" from when I was a kid).
This book was good with its words and pictures, it's like a magazine if children liked reading magazines. If this book were read to a child, it would be good for them because it teaches about how they should act and it also teaches about using good manners, safety rules, etc.... This book seems to have multiple short stories in it so it should be able to keep everyone awake because you move onto a new story fast. This book has animals in it instead of people which I thought was interesting becau...
Love, LOVE Richard Scarry. Though his illustrations are cartoony, they are intriguing and funny to children...and me! This book is a marvelous, thorough, overview of the good manners we all want children (and adults!) to demonstrate. He covers disciplined routines, patience and helpfulness, table manners, cooperative kindness, proper party etiquette, car & fire safety, even mud tracking on clean floors (at least Lowly Worm only has one foot...)! My favorite section is "Lowly Worm's Horrid Pests"...
I grew up reading Richard Scarry, so was happy to find this to read while waiting in the pediatrician's office. My 6 year old enjoyed it. I was a little dismayed to the extremely stereotypical gender roles presented in this book (all of the mothers were cooking or cleaning, the fathers going to work in suits or reclining and watching tv) but had to ultimately put it down to the time period in which the book was written.
This book presents manners in a fun and familiar context for little readers. My kids already love Huckle and Lowly, so it was easy for them to enjoy this book. My favorite story is Pig Will and Pig Won't. At my house, we need constant reminders on good manners, and this book makes it fun. Parents will enjoy it too.
I grew up reading all of Richard Scarry's books. His unique illustrations and lessons influenced me in a positive way. I learned the importance of sharing, caring. In this book, the right way to behave and be gracious to those around you is the lesson. Excellent story that teaches children how and when to say please and thank you.
This book was an unexpected gold mine. It taught so much. With cute illustrations and playful stories, it addressed manners, common courtesies, kindnesses, a good work ethic, and more. I really, really liked the stories included in this volume. My favorite would have to be Pig Will and Pig Won't. My kids and I could not get enough of it.Rating: 5/5 (Winner!)Recommend: Yes
The illustrations are adorable, and although sometimes I get overwhelmed by so much going on on one page, this book is a winner. I love the simple stories and the way they clearly show proper behavior in a variety of situations. My kiddos enjoy this book and it is an excellent reinforcement for the behaviors we are working on all the time anyway!
This is a book that has been on my parents shelf forever, and I remember them as a child but not a lot. I like this book! I talks about manners without it being in your face. I have always had a respect for Richard Scarry's work but I really enjoyed this. Our Public Library copy is well used! Very nice!
This book is just fine. I like Richard Scarry illustrations, but I don't like the layout of his pages very much. There's plenty of good manners in here, though I don't know how effective it is to teach them in this way. I had this book as a child, and I sure as hell didn't use any of them. It's way more effective to give things like grace and courtesy lessons and to practice.
We used this book 40+ years ago to teach our children safety and courtesy. All these years later, they still remember Lowly Worm and and Sergeant Murphy. There was a beautiful underlying lesson, although subtle, about accepting people for who they are, not how different they are. When I receive an invitation to a shower that asks for a book, this is my go-to.
Can I use the word delightful? My first grader LOVED the book, you can read it in small segments or all at once - she learned the term "dozen" as in "don't make your mother ask you a dozen times to go to bed." Great introductory book to manners and thinking of others' feelings.
This is cure--I love his illustrations--and I'm sure I must have read some of the stories in this book when I was little. I get a kick out of Lowly the worm-- great name! I love to see how he knots himself so that he can hold a fork or spoon. So cute!
I'm delighted that my son loves this childhood favorite of mine. There are lot of lessons in here about safety and manners and respect. I have a copy given to me in 1976 by my grandparents. I got my son a new copy and he loves that we've put his name it "just like Mommy's."
My family loves this book! It's so funny and it's shocking to hear the chiding of "whiners" or people who say "I won't". It's from a different era - but it can be kind of refreshing after so many careful modern stories where everything is nice and nebulous.
My kids really enjoyed the little stories in this book. It is a great beginning book to emphasize manners and ways to love people. I took it and applied it to Scripture and would encourage others to do the same as otherwise it becomes just a type "self-help" books for kids.
My mom read this book to me so many times I had it memorized. To the point of knowing when to turn the pages and convincing Dad I knew how to read. Mom burst that bubble with the dreadful truth.
As I remember it, this was one of the best children's manner books that I've read. It is full of gentle humor and practical--not preachy or snobby--lessons in good manners.
viv's scarry phase. classic characters/stories.
I learned that you should be in bed and never stay up and let your mother ask you a dozen times. I learned that you should not pick up other people's things (stealing).
Please, thank you. How not to be a horrible pest."A Noisy Pest is always shouting and giving people headaches. No one likes to have a headache."
This was one of my favourites when my children were young, and one of theirs as well. In fact, we consumed a cart-load of Scarry. Soon, I can start again with my grand-children!