Rhyming Manners

The Ugly Side of Pretty
Pleasure in the Craft Section

You Know Better Than That
Smaridge
1973

 

Another etiquette book for kids! This one is in rhyming form and is illustrated with creepy little children doing weird stuff. We have several scenarios: flooding, stealing, sharing, running in the house and my personal favorite: taking care of the phone so you don’t rack up long distance charges.

Now everyone behave!

Mary

More Manners for Kids:

Mind Your Manners

Get Your Modern Manners On

The Sisters Teach Manners

WASP Lessons

13 comments

  1. I LOVE this book. The illustrations and poems are both hilarious. Remember long distance charges? I barely do. Still, if not relevant it is at least clever. I’d snatch this up at the friends of the library sale.

  2. Yikes. The illustrations alone dictate that this be weeded.

    “The telephone…is not a toy for you.” Of course, parents give their children their phones as a toy all the time now.

  3. I have to admit, I really like this — perhaps because my grandson (age 7) tends to use my furniture as gymnastics equipment. As for creepy kids, partly that’s the 70’s attire on their parents. And they’re no worse than the children in any Edward Gorey book.

    The over-exaggerated consequences remind me of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories, which I believe were illustrated by the same artist.

  4. This isn’t an etiquette book, it’s an exercise in social history:

    “Then Mother scolds, or maybe spanks,
    Or even tells your dad.”
    and
    “That call will cost an awful lot

    When Daddy has to pay.”

  5. I’ll bet a lot of kids from Southwest Michigan are now thinking they can make as many calls as they like with no consequences.

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