The Do's and Don'ts by Hayley Rose, with illustrations by Mark Sean Wilson
Inkwell Productions (August 24, 2013) 44 pages
My Rating: 5/5 stars
A few years ago, I got the opportunity to read and review Fifo "50 States", also by Hayley Rose. I loved it, and already have it lined up for our geography lessons when schooling begins this fall. When I saw that Hayley had a new book out, I knew I had to see it.
My little ones are 5, 2, and 1 now. We're always trying to teach them manners. Some things we've been more successful than others! ;) To me, visuals are a great way to get the point across, more often than not. The pages within this book almost act as posters. There's a lesson in manners on each two page spread. We're told at the beginning to not be manner monsters. With each lesson, the first page shows what we don't do, with a picture of the manner monster in action. The next page shows what we should do, with a picture of a well behaved boy or girl.
"Don't make fun of people who aren't like you. (Picture: The manner monster is pointing and laughing at someone.)
Do become friends and learn from others' differences.
'Nice shot Greg. You play well.'" (A picture of someone complimenting a basketball shot.)
While the pictures are *super* bright and glossy, I like the simplicity of the word portion of the book. It also covers many different "rules" and safety precautions, in addition to manners. There's a "lesson" in looking both ways before crossing a road, not opening doors for strangers, not lying, coughing into your arm, not screaming, among many others.
While there's really nothing in here that I think most of us aren't already trying to teach our little ones, again, the visuals are great! Plus, review is always needed.
I would hope it'd go without saying, but I will just in case. As a Christian, all things come back to the Bible for my family, so I think this book is a wonderful tool to use *alongside* Bible teaching. The pictures and mini lessons are wonderful discussion starters, and paired with Bible verses, I think makes an excellent tool for teaching manners to little ones, especially preschool aged.
*I was provided a review copy through Pump Up Your Book, in exchange for my honest opinion.