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The National Bestseller, Featuring a Brand-New Introduction by Karen Santorum
As a mother, Karen Santorum grew frustrated by her inability to find a book of manners that instructed through engaging stories and poems rather than by dull lists of dos and don’ts. She set out to solve the problem.
The result is this wonderfully rich and instructive anthology. A national bestseller, Everyday Graces has become a beloved feature in homes, schools, churches, and libraries across America. It speaks to the fact that manners are seldom discussed anymore—and are practiced even less. Good manners are a prerequisite for the growth of moral character; they are the habits of conduct by which we express in the most ordinary circumstances our fundamental respect for others, whether parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers.
Under such headings as “Honor Your Mother and Father,” “Please, Thank You, and Other Kind Words,” “Be Considerate at the Table,” “Good Sportsmanship,” and “Respecting Our Country,” Everyday Graces gathers stories and poems that will develop and enrich the moral imagination. This marvelous anthology features classic selections from such well-known authors as Hans Christian Andersen, Beatrix Potter, Mark Twain, Frances Hodgson Burnett, C. S. Lewis, Max Lucado, and Arnold Lobel, as well as forgotten gems that deserve a new hearing.
Find out why Everyday Graces has struck a chord with tens of thousands of families. Both inviting and informative, this book helps instill good manners in our children—and takes a stand against the decline in civility and the coarsening of our common life.
What They're Saying...
"Good literature can be an inspiring guide to good behavior. Parents who share this book with their children will thank Karen Santorum for the skill and sensitivity with which she chose its contents. And so will the parents' children when, years hence, they read it with their own children."
— George F. Will, nationally syndicated columnist
"A valuable contribution to the new national trend to emphasize virtues above information, character over skills. Karen Santorum has provided a useful service for all parents who want to encourage more civilized behavior in their children."
— Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host
"This book is a treasure chest—every story a gem. The knowledge imparted in this book will, indeed, make the world a much better place."
— Elizabeth Dole
"As the mother of six, Karen Santorum knows the power of stories to shape and mold the nature of our children. In Everyday Graces, Karen has complied a treasure chest of tales that helps us raise the next generation of children into adults of kind compassion. Everyday Graces is a must for families that desire their children to become people of character."
— Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host
"With its focus on fundamental values and timeless tales, Everyday Graces will surely be the sort of book that children pass on to their own children."
— Heritage Insider
"Parents might announce 'Story time!' a little more often when presented with such a universally enjoyable anthology."
"Santorum has managed to pick the jolly rather than the didactic."
— Winchester Star