Obviously all things Richard Scarry rule, but his 1973 manners tome, Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book is especially awesome. For starters, it features Sergeant Murphy, the motorcycle riding police dog and the inspiration for the television show Chips. The book is divided up into short sections with each one tackling a different issue from the world of manners and etiquette. Oh, and did I forget to mention that the book also stars Lowly Worm, well it does. I dig books on manners because in our fast paced society filled with busy people, it seems that the first thing to go is simple politeness.
The vignettes teach kids how to behave during parties and be a good neighbor. As mentioned above Sergeant Murphy drops some knowledge on the kids. He provides a safety lecture including the importance of not throwing sticks and stones at people. Perhaps his most vital lesson, don’t play with matches.