Sunday, June 3, 2012

50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know - Book Review

50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know
By Kay West with John Bridges and Bryan Curtis
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

Help your daughter, granddaughter, or niece become a respectful, considerate young lady.
It’s safe to say that young women in the 21st century are exposed to more educational opportunities than any generation of women in history. But sometimes what gets lost in between ballet and biology, AP classes and piano lessons, creative writing and cross country, are the basic rules of simple etiquette and guidelines for appropriate behavior.
Progress is a good thing, but even an accomplished student, a gifted artist, or a brilliant young law clerk is at a disadvantage if she never learned to write a thank you note, understand a formal table setting, accept a compliment, make an apology, express sympathy, or respond to an invitation.
Topics covered in 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know include:
--Making conversation with adults
--Accepting a gift you don't like
--Dressing appropriately
--Winning and losing graciously 

--Writing a thank-you note

This latest book in the GentleManners series was written especially for girls ages 8 to 14, to teach them the basic skills every young lady should have and every young lady's mother and grandmother want her to master.
My Thoughts
So many young people do not use very many of the manners I grew up using. This book is one for young gentleman as well as ladies.  I liked the chapters being short. That will help encourage the girls to read them, as they can read several chapters in just a few minutes. Shorter chapters may soak in better than longer ones, also. 
The first two chapters discuss two manners I think many young people have forgotten, saying 'Please' and 'Thank You'. Some young people have very good manners, some have okay manners, and some do not seem to have any. Hopefully, this book will at least get them thinking about manners.

Disclaimer: I received this book from BookSneeze in return for this review; however, my review was not affected by this fact. My review is mine alone.

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