I recently purchased the book "Everyday Graces A Child's Book of Good Manners", Edited by Karen Santorum. It is a lovely hard covered book with wonderful adaptions of children's classics to illustrate good manners. I love this book because it is written for the same purposes that I always felt children's literature should be used for. To teach good and to encourage my children to understand the people in the stories and the character qualities that they exemplified. Mrs. Santorum has done just that in this book. She covers many different types of manners. Here are a few chapter titles: Good Manners at Home; Using Words, Wisely; Table Manners; Washing and Dressing; Appreciating People with Disabilities; Getting Along with Others; Good Manners in School; Good Sportsmanship; Writing Letters and Invitations; Church, Weddings and Funerals; Kindness Toward Animals; Respecting Our Country.
I laughed at the poem by Jack Prelutsky entitled; Why Do I Have to Clean My Room? It might just fit around here. At the end of the poem, Mrs. Santorum explains in her motherly way, that once you were small and your parents took care of picking up your room, but now that you're older it's your responsibility. The book is full of these types of antidotes.
"Anne of Green Gables" is frequently used as a wonderful example of manner lessons. We are "Anne" with an e, lovers in our home and know the story frontwards and backwards. But I love how the lessons can be used from the story and the children relate so well to it as they can clearly see in Anne's behavior, good and bad. A few other stories used in the book are "George Washington and the Cherry Tree", "Alice in Wonderland", "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse", "Robinson Crusoe", "The Secret Garden", "Squanto, the Pilgrim's Friend" and many more. Also included are poems and quotes. I have enjoyed reading through this and wish I'd had it on our library shelf when the kids were little. It will be a fun reminder for them however, since most of the stories and poems are so familiar to us. I hope you can pick it up and enjoy it as well.