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Back to the Basics: Mother Goose Manners

I love Mother Goose. Yes, sometimes the lyrics are a bit “scary” but all in all Mother Goose rhymes are perfect for young children. Rhymes are very important for early literacy, speech and language development; don’t take nursery rhymes for granted.

In this next series, here at The Story Carpet, we are taking the BASICS back to school; rhymes, ABCs, 123s and manners. I know it seems silly but it really isn’t; see the basics to life are the ability to read, write, count, do simple math and work with others cooperatively. So we’re going to start with manners today.

Today’s feature is Mother Goose Manners by Harriet Ziefert. In these twelve nursery rhymes, Ziefert takes Little Jack Horner, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Sprat, The Three Little Kittens, The Little Piggies and other friends and reminds them of their manners.

After each rhyme a question is asked about how the character could have been more polite, helpful, courteous and apologetic. Now, these rhymes are nonsensical and usually about animals but it is an important lesson to teach children that even their unintended actions have consequences.

I really enjoyed this book, it is humorous, nonsensical, colorful, active and serious all rolled up into one charming book. Pascale Constantin also did an amazing job incorporating the cute and detailed illustrations.  It certainly, gets a 5 star review for its multi-use ability in curriculum. For young and old, this is a great learning book.

Have a great “Back to School” Week and Mind Your Manners,

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