Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter and Miss Mandy Manners

I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Easter today. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, may today be filled with happiness and love. May you spend your day enjoying family and friends or simply taking some time for yourself to relax and unwind.

Spring is finally here (even if there will still be a few more cool days - blackberry winter) and summer won't be far behind. Before long we'll all be busy outdoors trying to keep ahead of the grass and weeds while wishing we had cooler temperatures.

I have a short and sweet book review to share with you today. Since the Easter holiday always brings thoughts of children and Easter egg hunts to mind, I thought this would be a perfect time to review a children's book.

For a delightful little book to encourage politeness for your youngsters, pickup a copy of "Miss Mandy Manners" by Michelle Berg.

The book tells how Miss Mandy interacts with her friends and family. In addition, it tells how she acts while in school and at play dates. The book re-enforces a positive message of always being polite.

"Miss Mandy Manners" is beautifully illustrated by Karl Struss.

The final line in the book sums up of the focus of the story, "Being a nice person makes you liked by everyone."

Miss Mandy Manners by Michelle Berg * Little Nipper Books * @2007 * ISBN: 978-0-9840768-0-2 * Hardcover * 12 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
I also have winners to announce for Joanne Kennedy's "Cowboy Trouble" giveaway. Congratulations goes to Carol from Under the Tiki Hut and Marvin also known as The Old Silly. Your books will soon be on the way. Thanks to both winners and everyone who stopped by and commented on Joanne's post. 

Remember, have a fun day and check back here at Thoughts in Progress next week for a wonderful lineup of great authors who will be dropping by to share their thoughts on writing.


  1. Mason - My best wishes to you and your family, too : ). Thanks for this review of Miss Mandy Manners. I'm always a fan of books that get young children into the habit of reading. That's a habit that become a lifelong love afair with books, so I always support children's book authors : ).

    By the way, that's a lovely 'photo!

  2. Happy Easter, Mason!

    Looks like a sweet book to help kids learn their manners (something that's incredibly important and will serve them well, later!)

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  3. Happy Easter, Mason!

    I love the term "blackberry winter" - must be another one of those Southern sayings?

  4. Happy Easter to you and yours.

    Miss Mandy Manners sounds cute and the cover is sweet.

    I've never heard the term "blackberry winter." It conjures up all kinds of images.

    Straight From Hel

  5. Margot, I remember loving books as a child. Since I don't have children but a number of young cousins, I wanted to find books to share with them. This is a sweet little book. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

    Dru, Happy Easter to you as well. Hope you have a great day.

    Elizabeth, Happy Easter to you and your family. This book is small (only 12 pages) but carries a big message.

    Ingrid, hope you and Amber have a Happy Easter. Blackberry winter is a Southern term I'm guessing. I've heard it all my life.

    Helen, Happy Easter to you and your family too. Blackberry winter could conjure up all types of images. It refers to the time when the blackberry bushes begin to bloom. At that time of year, we normally have a few cool (and sometimes cold) days thus blackberry winter.

  6. Hope you have a lovely Easter with your family, Mason :)

  7. What a lovely little book. Wouldn't that make a great gift.

    Happy Easter, Friend.

  8. Jemi, thank you. Hope you and your family have a wonderful day too.

    Teresa, this book would be a great gift even for a newborn. They've got to have a book collection too. Happy Easter.

    Cleo, Happy Easter to you and Marc too.

  9. Books like this provide useful discussion points with parents, teachers, clergy etc.

    I haven't read it yet, so I can't comment on the book itself. But it sounds useful.

  10. HAPPY EASTER to YOU, all your readers, and all your guest bloggers.

  11. Happy Easter Masy, and congrats on more than 100 followers! :)

  12. Thanks for the M3 heads up, and Happy Easter to you and your family too!

    The Old Silly

  13. Mary, this would be a useful book for all those you mentioned. Hope your Easter went smoothly and wonderful.

    Dez, thank you and Happy Easter to you as well (even if you don't celebrate the holiday hope it's a great day for you just the same).

    Marvin, Happy Easter to you and yours as well.

  14. We are okay thank you just a little freaked out-honestly the house was shaking front to back-normally it is just shaking this was a little different. What type of journalist are you?

  15. Happy Easter, Mason.
    Beautiful photograph. And the book seems exactly what I would like my kids to read. Must try and find it here.


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