Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Good Manners for a Little Warrior

Good Manners for a Little Warrior takes knight training to a new level. Good knights don't just understand honor and courage; they also understand that manners matter.

Continuing the series, author Kelly Chapman maintains a consistent format with the first book. During a baseball game, Luke gets knocked out cold. His slumber sparks another dream of he and his buddies attending Warrior Prince Academy with Sir Britmore. As the boys journey through different challenges within their royal drills, they discover four levels of manners and how each contributes to being a good knight.
  1. Power Words: Phrases like please, thank you, I'm sorry, excuse me, your welcome, yes, ma'am and yes, sir
  2. Code of Honor: This includes -- first and foremost -- loving God and loving others. Knights exhibit this, for example, by making eye contact, being respectful, taking turns, sharing and speaking truthfully.
  3. Table Manners: The knights-in-training learned about appropriate behavior at dinner and how to properly set the table and use the utensils provided.
  4. Sportsmanship: It's not all about winning the game! Wise knights follow the coach's directions, play fair, encourage teammates and treat their opponents with respect.
Of course, Luke wakes at the end of the book excited to share all he has learned with all of his friends.

Readers will find a "Whiz Kid Manners Quiz" at the back of the book along with a "What Do Jesters Do?" poem reinforcing the main points of the text.

The illustrations by Jeff Ebbeler feature bold colors, exaggerated characters and lots of action and expression.

What I Like: It's great to have a book for boys that talks about proper manners! This one goes beyond the basics of "power words" to include character traits as well. This encourages a spiritual connection between faith and actions. I also like that the text is divided into chapters. Even though the book is small, it holds a lot of information. I liked having good stopping points where we could pick it up again later. Both my son (age 6) and my daughter (age 8) found this book attractive.

What I Dislike: Nothing, really. But I do wonder how many families still set the table with multiple forks. Aside from weddings, I don't know when my kids would need that information or encounter that situation.
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Age Appeal: 3-8
Publisher Info: Harvest House Publishers, 2011; ISBN: 0736937242; Hardback; 32 pages; $12.99
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Erin said...

Hi Tanya,

Thanks for your great review! I just wanted to mention, I remember going to the Officer's Club with my dad and my grandparents (my dad and grandpa were both military) and having the places set with all the various forks. : ) And, I am always asking my kids, "What if you have to go to a dinner as part of a job interview someday?" Granted, I have only used a fish fork once in my life, and I don't think my kids know which forks are for salad and which are for meat, but it seems like it could be fun to learn and come in handy someday. : ) I hope to read this book with my family over the summer. Thanks! Erin

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