DISNEY’S MADAGASCAR MEETS MANNERS!
Tame Your Manners® at KAMP® Safari is a fun, meaningful and most important, memorable way for a child to learn manners. Any adult or child who reads this book will delight in the clever illustrations and correlations of animal characteristics to the manners advice. Phrases like Lions Don’t Need to Roar, Don’t Be a Whino Rhino, and Stand Tall like a Giraffe are easy-to-grasp concepts for children. With the demanding schedules of parents, caregivers, and teachers, the importance of social skills is often overlooked. Learning social skills early, especially during childhood, can shape a child’s character and greatly impact his or her life for the better. The EW Foundation® (EWF) vision is to teach, inspire, and motivate children to perform spontaneous acts of kindness and consideration. The benefits they receive from simple, good behavior will be both tangible and intangible. Our belief is that children can “do well by doing good deeds.“ The topics covered in this book are part of the EWF KAMP® curriculum – a Promising Practices 2015 National Award Recipient by Washington, D.C. based Character.org.
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* Stand tall like a giraffe and introduce him or herself confidently and address others with titles of respect.
* With dignity, use his or her best table manners and honor special guests such as the penguins of Antarctica.
* With a lion’s heart, show the spirit of giving and receiving gifts with humility.
* Be a responsible hyena in the home, an obedient monkey in the classroom, a compassionate hippo on the playground, and a patient rhino in public.
* Like a lemur, treat others with respect as well as show respect for his or herself.
* Have a winning attitude and show the good sportsmanship of a zebra in anything he or she does.
* Like a grateful elephant, show gratitude and write thank-‐you notes with sincerity.
* On occasion, put his or her best foot forward with a basic box step and move as gracefully as a gazelle.
Children’s Literary Classics | June 8, 2015
Children’s Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the children’s picture book, Tame Your Manners, written by Loretta Neff and illustrated by Anirban Mitra, has been selected to receive the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children’s Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.
Tame Your Manners is a picture book written to educate youngsters on the benefits and how-tos of cultivating one’s social graces. Covering everything from table etiquette to thank-you notes, author Loretta Neff approaches the important topic of manners in an entertaining way which will inform and inspire young readers to always put their best foot forward. With safari animals as their guide, Neff demonstrates corollaries between various animals and the lessons which can be learned from them. Wonderful illustrations, by Anirban Mitra, a list of core values, and a glossary of terms all help make this book a likely favorite for children and adults.
Look out Emily Post, there’s a new book in town and it’s sure to be a hit as it guides young readers to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be. This book is recommended for home and school libraries.
Children’s Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in children’s literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. To learn more about Children’s Literary Classics, you may visit their website at www.clcawards.org or www.childrensliteraryclassics.com
Character.org | May 12, 2015
[Tame Your Manners is based on the EWF KAMP® Curriculum – a 2015 Promising Practices National Award Recipient by Character.org.]
Hundreds of effective strategies that develop good character in young people are recognized
Washington, DC, May 12, 2105 – Character.org has awarded 235 Promising Practices to schools, districts, and youth- serving organizations from across the United States — as well as from Canada, China, India, Mexico, Colombia, and the United Kingdom.
“These great ideas really highlight the creative efforts of outstanding teachers across the world,” said Dr. Dave Keller, Program Director. “It’s great to recognize what’s going well in the classroom. These practices represent practical, effective ways to develop empathy, conflict resolution skills, and good citizenship.”
This year’s winning practices include unique anti-bullying programs, creative ways to integrate character and academic subjects, effective strategies for developing student leadership, and activities that build community – within the school and beyond.
Character.org’s 2015 National and International Promising Practices in Character Education represent: 7 nations (including the U.S.) and 27 U.S. states and Washington DC – with the largest numbers from Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, and Pennsylvania.
Character.org sponsors the annual program to showcase innovative best practices that are having an impact across the nation and abroad. Character.org encourages educators with similar needs to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives. Character.org will honor the 2015 recipients at the 22nd National Forum on Character Education, to be held in Atlanta, GA, October 15-17, 2015.
Kirkus | July 15, 2014
In Neff’s debut children’s book, playful animals remind kids to mind their manners.
Gentle, funny phrases are often a useful tool for reminding kids to use proper behaviors. This book aims to add a few more to the toolbox: “Don’t be a whino rhino.” “Stand tall like a giraffe.” “Be gracious and always exhibit the regal behavior of the lion.” Neff depicts a series of lessons about manners as a safari. Readers meet giraffes who teach poise and confidence, penguins who teach “dignity and honor” (specifically, good table manners), lions who teach “courage and humility” (how to give and receive gifts graciously), and so on. The list is comprehensive and refreshingly old-fashioned; how many adults know to put their napkin to the left of their plate when they get up from the table, or how to do a box dance step? (Neff includes two diagrams, featuring the men’s and the women’s steps.) The safari conceit is clever and memorable, and sure to catch kids’ attention.
It’s easy to imagine parents or teachers turning to individual sections to reinforce household rules, or as a jumping-off point to discuss specific behaviors. Many parents struggle to define the behaviors they expect from their kids, and this book may help set very clear boundaries. A dozen bright, playful illustrations, including zebras congratulating wildebeests on a good soccer game, may help kids stay focused, and perhaps even make them giggle.
By Loretta Neff; Illustrated by Anirban Mitra
Paperback: 36 pages
Age Range: 8-12
Publisher: AuthorHouse and The Elegant Way Publishing, LLC (March 18, 2014)
What to expect: Social Graces, Manners, Etiquette
We all know it’s a jungle out there, so it might be time to head to KAMP (Kids’ Animals & Manners Program)! Using wild animals and their traits as examples on how to and how not to behave in social and home settings, author Loretta Neff provides kids with an enjoyable and humorous approach to improving manners and etiquette and creating relatable experiences that put the lessons of social graces into perspective—including bullying.
“Don’t be a wild, loud laughing hyena …
unless doing so won’t disturb others!”
Here is a glimpse at what is covered: giving and receiving, table manners, confidence, poise, respect for self and others, graciousness, and sportsmanship.
The illustrations and format will appeal to the younger readers and the short paragraphs and bullet points make the information digestible for everyone. While some kids will plow right through this book, others will need to take it one digestible chapter at a time. Parents, caregivers and teachers that read along will even get some subtle reminders and useful tidbits to put into practice; and they can add some extra fun to the learning experience by providing opportunities to practice the lessons from the book—such as hosting a dinner party for safari animals.
This is an educational tool that children will enjoy reading on their own or in a group setting being led by a teacher. Thank you, Loretta Neff, for providing a well-written and entertaining resource that teaches important life skills.
Add this book to your collection: Tame Your Manners
~ Lizzie Post, author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute
~ Dianna Booher, author of Communicate With Confidence and Creating Personal Presence
~ D.A. Benton, author of The CEO Difference and Lions Don’t Need to Roar
~ Robin Groves, super mom and super athlete
The EW Foundation Inc. (EWF), was founded in 2012 by Loretta Neff, president of the The Elegant Way School of Protocol, as a philanthropic organization that promotes the importance of character education and literacy programs through various charities, missions and schools.
The EWF believes every child and young adult should receive an education that includes a strong social foundation. Through philanthropy, which plays a meaningful role in our organization, we hope to greatly enrich the lives of others with our care, commitment, and resources.
Our mission is to promote manners and civility by providing educational programs, financial resources, and volunteer support for the benefit of children and young adults.
Our vision is to empower children and young adults with social tools necessary to succeed in school and beyond; to provide value to our charity partners; and to improve the human condition worldwide.