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Someday we'll Have Very Good Manners
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This is a very colorful and well illustrated book. It does indeed portray common bad behavior and lack of manners, that young children do indeed display. It is in their sin nature. However, the problem (or what is lacking) with the book, is that the author has not pointed out any good behavior that can be given in exchange for the bad behavior. The examples (every single one) are examples of rudeness and then what is worst about it is that in the end, it is excused and dismissed as okay due to immaturity (being young/childlike).
BUT - I wanted to write a review on this book though, to point out one important way that this book has blessed our family and can lead to blessed character building in a child. However, it is important to note before doing so, that this requires PARENT DIRECTION/PARTICIPATION/INSTRUCTION; because the book provides no positive direction whatsoever, and as mentioned above, excuses the bad behavior. If left to a child alone, to read independently, they would leave off feeling justified in their poor behavior and perhaps even learn some new rude and bad behavior.
So .. this book has blessed our family and here is how. The pictures are NOT inappropriate and distasteful. They are cartoon illustrations (well drawn) showing examples of rude behavior such as; running through house with muddy shoes, not sharing, etc. But because they are not inappropriate, it has allowed for us to use the book for some great lessons and character building discussions. Because of that .. I really like the book a lot. Though I could not award it more than one star because of the fact that the author did not give any positive direction and then EXCUSED the bad behavior in the end.
With this book, a parent can take the pictures, and the text description of what is happening, and then ask the child questions such as "what is wrong with this?", or make comments to the children while reading it such as "oh that is so rude, what is rude or inappropriate about these children in this picture". Then, you can point them to the right thing and ask them the answer as to what would be the right way to behave/respond. This allows for the parent to "ad-lib", and add godly lesson (which most books of today are lacking anyway!). Parents can point the child to the Lord and to the right behavior, ie: "does this behavior honor the Lord and show respect for others?". "What would God want the little girl and little boy to do?" "Do you do rude things like that sometimes?" "What does the bible call that ... sin?" "Yes, so what is the right thing to do instead of what happened in this picture?"
Truly, some really great character building has come from this book, but it takes willingness on the parents part to draw it out and take the time to use this book for some great discussions. It is a powerful tool because children remember what they see and speak, so they retain the example in the pictures and the discussions we have had from the book. You can even act out the right thing to do, as a fun way to help the kids remember the good behavior. For instance, you can take a picture of the rude children in the book running through the house with muddy feet, and then act out in a fun way with your child, the right behavior, coming to the door, taking off your muddy shoes. They LOVE dramatizing and acting and remember it.
So - overall .. this book has blessed us by providing us with great illustrated examples of bad manners from which we can teach lessons and kids remember. If there is text (which some there is) that I don't agree with, I have crossed it out with marker, and described the photo myself, and ofcourse, I crossed out the ending which excuses the bad behavior.
Hope that helps:)