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From good sportsmanship to thank you notes, good behavior in everyday situations and special occasions, the classic stories found in Everyday Graces make this compilation a comprehensive resource on etiquette for the whole family.

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Suggested Age under 5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Author(s) Karen Santorum
Page Count 389
Publication Date 2005
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In Everyday Graces: A Child's Book of Good Manners, Karen Santorum has produced for parents and teachers a wonderfully rich and instructive anthology. Her volume speaks to the regrettable fact that the subject of manners is not much discussed anymore, and good manners seem practiced even less. Yet, good manners are a prerequisite for the growth of moral character; they are the habits of conduct and behavior by which we express in the most ordinary circumstances our fundamental respect for others, whether parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers. It is evident, then, that when we fail to instill good manners in our youth we invite a decline of civility and a coarsening of our common life.

Under such headings as "Honor Your Mother and Father", "Please and Thank You", "No Hurtful Words", "Good Behavior in Sport", and "Showing Respect for Your Country", Mrs. Santorum has arranged a collection of stories and poems that will develop and enrich the moral imagination. Some of her selections are well known; others are forgotten gems that deserve a new hearing.

Authors include Hans Christian Anderson, Beatrix Potter, Mark Twain, Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. M. Montgomery, C. S. Lewis, Max Lucado and Arnold Lobel, to name only a few.

Karen Santorum writes that this anthology "grew out of the frustration of not being able to find a book on manners that instructs through stories rather than by rules of dos and dont's."

Each of her selections has been tried and tested on her own children, and each is introduced and concluded by her own thoughtful commentary. The result is an informality and intimacy that is inviting and infectious.
Everyday Graces will be useful both as a bedside book and as a reference for the home, school, and church library. By Karen Santorum

This resource is featured in our curriculum guide, Against the Tide Elementary.

What GOV Says: We have yet to meet a child who doesn't love this book! It's entertainment for the whole family, plus your young ones will learn about the proper etiquette for almost every situation. More than this, though, they will learn how to respect others in a way that is Christ-like.

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Karen Santorum is the author of the acclaimed book Letters to Gabriel. By profession, she is both a nurse and attorney. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and worked for several years in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her Juris Doctorate degree is from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a Law Review member. One of twelve children, she is married to former U.S. senator Rick Santorum. Together they have seven children: Elizabeth Anne, Richard John, Daniel James, Gabriel Michael (deceased), Sarah Maria, Peter Kenneth, and Patrick Francis. Her greatest role and love in life is being a full-time mother at home. According to Karen, “There is no greater joy in life than to be a mother. It is the most important job I will ever have.”