Everyday Graces: A Child's Book of Manners

Everyday Graces: A Child's Book of Manners

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The National Bestseller, Featuring a Brand-New Introduction by Karen Santorum

As a mother, Karen Santorum grew frustrated by her inability to find a book of manners that instructed through engaging stories and poems rather than by dull lists of dos and don'ts. She set out to solve the problem.

The result is this wonderfully rich and instructive anthology. A national bestseller, Everyday Graces has become a beloved feature in homes, schools, churches, and libraries across America. It speaks to the fact that manners are seldom discussed anymore--and are practiced even less. Good manners are a prerequisite for the growth of moral character; they are the habits of conduct by which we express in the most ordinary circumstances our fundamental respect for others, whether parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers.

Under such headings as "Honor Your Mother and Father," "Please, Thank You, and Other Kind Words," "Be Considerate at the Table," "Good Sportsmanship," and "Respecting Our Country," Everyday Graces gathers stories and poems that will develop and enrich the moral imagination. This marvelous anthology features classic selections from such well-known authors as Hans Christian Andersen, Beatrix Potter, Mark Twain, Frances Hodgson Burnett, C. S. Lewis, Max Lucado, and Arnold Lobel, as well as forgotten gems that deserve a new hearing.

Find out why Everyday Graces has struck a chord with tens of thousands of families. Both inviting and informative, this book helps instill good manners in our children--and takes a stand against the decline in civility and the coarsening of our common life.



Author: Karen Santorum
Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Published: 04/01/2003
Pages: 391
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.15lbs
Size: 9.90h x 7.80w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781932236095
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
PW Notes and Reprints 09/08/2003 pg. 79
School Library Journal 12/01/2003 pg. 174
Publishers Weekly 09/08/2003

About the Author

Karen Santorum is the author of the acclaimed book Letters to Gabriel. By profession, she is both a nurse and attorney. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and worked for several years in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her Juris Doctorate degree is from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a Law Review member. One of twelve children, she is married to former U.S. senator Rick Santorum. Together they have seven children: Elizabeth Anne, Richard John, Daniel James, Gabriel Michael (deceased), Sarah Maria, Peter Kenneth, and Patrick Francis. Her greatest role and love in life is being a full-time mother at home. According to Karen, "There is no greater joy in life than to be a mother. It is the most important job I will ever have."