Please is a Good Word To Say
An Interview with Harriet, of Please Is a Good Word to Say
by Barbara Joosse
Harriet: Ms. Joosse, I really like your hat. It's ruby-red, my favorite color,
and it has feathers on it.
Barbara Joosse: (blushing happily) Thank you! I am very fond of hats. Harriet, you've written a book about manners. Why?
H: Some people talk and talk and talk or they're fighty or gross or bossy or whiney and sometimes they even make other people cry. You know what, Ms. Joosse? I think if presidents and prime ministers had better manners, we'd have a nicer world.
BJ: I couldn't agree more. Sometimes adults are very rude. But aren't manners kind of, well . . . stuffy?
H: Manners are like maraschino cherries. They make everything taste better, except for Brussels sprouts, which I've tried, of course. I'm pretty sure nothing can help Brussels sprouts.
BJ: No kidding. Now shall we sing a thank you song?
Oh thank you thank you thank you
from the tippy bottom of our painted toes
to the tippy top of our curly burly hair.
Please is a good word to say. It puts a smile on your words. And that's not the only advice curly-burly-haired Harriet has for you. Asking, taking, interrupting, eating, answering the phone--if there's a nice way to do it, Harriet can tell you just how to do it. Jennifer Plecas' infectious illustrations bring Barbara Joosse's hilarious heroine to life in this offbeat and adorable approach to manners. Kids will be (very politely) clamoring to hear it over and over again . . . and parents will be pleased to oblige.