08.24.07

Polite as a Princess: Thoughts

Posted in Etiquette, Picture Books at 9:04 am by Rosepixie

Polite as a PrincessThis is a pretty book, but so lesson-filled in a manipulative-feeling way that it kind of made my skin crawl. It just feels very… icky and corporate and pushy. And like a cop-out for parents so they don’t really have to teach manners! I like good manners books, this was not one. The art is pretty, but that’s about the only virtue I got from this book.

11.08.06

Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers: Eighth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Etiquette at 1:00 am by Rosepixie

Tiffany's Table Manners for TeenagersThe chapter of “don’ts” is perhaps the most useful in the book.  It is cute and funny and has helpful information about how to not let food fall out of your mouth or drop onto your shirt.  I liked the tip about not mopping up your neighbor if you spill water on her as she may misconstrue the gesture.  This is a well-done book of basic table manners.

11.06.06

Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers: Seventh Post (Practical Advice)

Posted in Etiquette at 2:48 am by Rosepixie

Tiffany's Table Manners for TeenagersThe chapter on desserts was very funny.  Who knew that doilies were not for eating and finger bowls did not double as bathtubs?  I mean, that was all news to me!  It was cute, though.  I am very much enjoying this book.

11.04.06

Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers: Sixth Post (Salads)

Posted in Etiquette at 1:24 am by Rosepixie

Tiffany's Table Manners for TeenagersI’ve always found salads difficult to eat with a knife, they just never seem to cut well.  I found the trained seal comment funny, but also wondered why one is supposed to eat asperagus with the fingers anyway, since I always found it easier to manage with a knife and fork.  Why have a rule where you are supposed to use your hands when silverware makes the job easier?  That just seems silly!

11.01.06

Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers: Fifth Post (Waiters and Whys)

Posted in Etiquette at 7:41 am by Rosepixie

Tiffany's Table Manners for TeenagersMost of the meat silverware rules make sense and I like the signals for the waiters about if you are done or not by the placement of your flatware (even if I doubt many waiters know those signals anymore).  I also like that the book commented on why fork prongs are curved as it gave the rule that explained it, it was interesting and appreciated!

Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers: Fourth Post (Arbitrary Rules)

Posted in Etiquette at 4:48 am by Rosepixie

Tiffany's Table Manners for TeenagersWhy can’t you hold the fork in your left hand if you aren’t using a knife?  What if you are left-handed and find pulling fish apart with just a fork difficult with your right hand?  It seems to be another strange, arbitrary rule!

Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers: Third Post (Fingering)

Posted in Etiquette at 2:41 am by Rosepixie

Tiffany's Table Manners for TeenagersThe diagrams for how to hold a soup spoon are slightly better than the one for how to hold the serving fork for a main dish, but they could still be better.  I kind of wonder why it matters so much if your thumb or your finger is higher on the spoon.  I mean, it makes sense that it matters which way you tip the bowl, you don’t want soup in your lap, but why does the position of your thumb matter?  I don’t get that one!  I like rules that make sense.

Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers: Second Post (Humor)

Posted in Etiquette at 12:29 am by Rosepixie

Tiffany's Table Manners for TeenagersI like that the author and illustrator of this book have a sense of humor.  They give rules simply, but they also poke little jokes at what happens when you dramaticly flout the rules (the irish wolfhound picture is a great example).  I like the illustrations, but for instruction’s sake they could be a little less arty and more clear.  It’s difficult to make out their hands and such sometimes when you might want to.

10.31.06

Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Etiquette at 2:59 am by Rosepixie

Tiffany's Table Manners for TeenagersThe forward of this book is funny.  It includes a not-so-subtle plug for Tiffany tableware (they make lovely crystal) and a very subtle comment about how everyone should be polite enough to be worthy of it.  I do like that that author allows that there are other valid systems of table manners, but that he likes his because it is elegant and easy.