As the aunt of three nieces under age 10 (and a former “young lady” myself), I was particularly curious to review 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know, my latest Booksneeze selection. Written by Kay West (with John Bridges and Bryan Curtis), the book is an abbreviated Emily Post-type etiquette guide for the modern girl.
The book first addresses some basic good manners, such as saying “Please”, “Thank you”, and “Excuse Me”. You’d think that this is common sense to most people and ingrained in them since they could speak, but sadly there are probably a great number of children who are simply not taught such fundamental good manners. (My nieces, on the other hand, have been taught well!)
The book also discusses a variety of situations, some timeless–such as which side of the sidewalk or staircase to walk on, how to navigate a formal dinner place setting–and some more modern situations, such as cell phone and internet etiquette. I appreciated the fact that the authors not only discuss the hows of manners but the whys behind them as well.
The book is a bit mature for my young nieces; I’d say that it’s more likely appropriate for tweens or early teens. It made for a quick read and would probably make for good discussion between girls and their parents or teachers.
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