Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Goodreads Book Giveaways

Dear Manners Mavens,

I just wanted to let you know that I have entered both The Month of Zephram Mondays and The Kids' (and parents', too!) Book of Good Sportsmanship into a Giveaway program at Goodreads.

The deadline to enter to win a free copy of either book is January 15th.

If you like to read, this is a great site! I could get lost in it for hours!

So, if you're at all interested in winning a free copy of either of my books (or want to see what other book giveaways you might be interested in -- there appear to be hundreds), check out Goodreads.

I'll be back in the New Year with more of the humorous manners observations you've come to expect (and dare I hope,love and enjoy).



Monday, December 14, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Dear Good Manners Devotee':

Today I came across wonderful news about an absolutely side-splitting retelling of my beloved Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Natalie Portman has signed on to produce and star in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. Portman will play Elizabeth Bennet in the movie.

If you love Jane Austen -- in fact, if you hated Jane Austen, even better -- you should check out P & P & Zombies. If you like how it spices up Austen's well-mannered world, there are more hilarious monster remakes of classics that also include Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters at your local bookstore or online.

Sometimes manners just need a little shaking up to make them more accessible for us to use in a world that's not just a different world than Austen's, it's a completely different world from when we were growing up,too.

So ... keeping that in mind, along came the Cotillion Invitation for the Younger Good Manners Daughter. (The Older Good Manners Daughter did it several years ago.)

The Cotillion is run by a women's group in our town. The children are "cordially invited to participate in a program of dance and social etiquette education."

The Younger Good Manners Daughter was not a happy camper when she found out that she was attending.

Why did she have to go? It's not fair! It'll be boring! Why did she have to wear a dress? What if she doesn't learn the dances? No one else has to go!

But a funny thing happened on the way to Cotillion. (Or, a couple of funny things.) She didn't have to wear gloves. When she was dropped off, she found out 7 other girls from her class were there, along with some boys. The dances weren't so bad. The snacks were okay. She liked her dress. The instructors were nice. And in addition to ballroom steps, they worked on the Macarena, Cani Joe (I actually don't know how to spell that), Electric Slide, the Hoe Down (that Miley Cyrus song). And they had a square dance.

We haven't heard a complaint since we dropped her off at the first class.

I congratulate the Cotillion organizers for successfully incorporating many of the niceties of good manners and dance from a more gentle time with elements that will appeal to today's child.

Sort of like adding Zombies to Pride and Prejudice!

Happy Holidays until I blog again,


P.S. If you haven't finished your holiday shopping, take a peek at our Good Manners Kids Stuff and Good Manners Kids Stuff Press sites. You might see something you like, and there's still time for delivery before Christmas.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Book on Good Sportsmanship

Dear Good Manners Devotees',

I had so much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day last week: family, friends, turkey, and pie!

I am also thankful that I've been able to take advantage of opportunities that came my way this year. These opportunities have given me a lot of joy and excitement.

So, although it is practically past my bedtime, I had to send out a quick post about the latest thing I am thankful for: to tell you that my second book, The Kids' (and parents', too) Book of Good Sportsmanship was published Friday and went live on Amazon this morning!

I've put its Amazon link above the Zephram link. Isn't Good Sport cute? It's starting to generate some buzz because it is a topic that is quite timely. Isn't that exciting?

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz.

I hope you'll check it out when you have a moment, especially if your child or grandchild plays sports. It's perfect for 4 to 8 year olds to read together with their parents to help explain to both how to be a Good Sport (because let's face it, grown-ups need some reminding, too).

The kids will relate to the different situations that Ben, Grace and others find themselves in, because they're kids just like our kids, in the same kinds of sports/activities our kids are in. And, they'll enjoy the cute illustrations. At the back of the book, there's a little certificate to fill out when you've both finished reading and learned how to be Good Sports.

My next post will be about Cotillion with the younger Good Manners Daughter, I promise. She goes (or should I say, more politely, attends) this Thursday, so she will be full of fresh stories about sweaty hands and boys falling and spilled punch.

So, dear Good Manners Fans, I wish you a belated Thanksgiving, and I hope that you have plenty in your life to give thanks for this year.