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Monday, October 28, 2013

Learning From the Impolite

While dusting the bookcase, I ran across this little book:
The inside front page calls it, "A manual of manners for polite infants inculcating (?)many juvenile virtues both by precept and example." My girls were introduced to the Goops through the Better Homes and Gardens Story Book about forty years ago. Later I ordered the book about the Goops from Dover Publications; I'm not sure too many of the grand kids ever read it. There are forty three subjects listed in the table of contents. These are a few of my favorites:

I think many adults fall into this category too:
Have we failed to teach our children proper manners?
"Let me introduce you to a Race
Void of Beauty and of Grace...
Yet you'll learn, if you are Bright,
Politeness from the Impolite..."

Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Matt. 19:19


  1. I love this! I think there are a lot of parent still teaching their young ones manners. I have noticed this so much when I am out and about and it is such a wonderful thing to see. Although this world sometimes has a rough side, I still think there are good folks out there with good values.

  2. Love, love this! I think parents are really good about teaching their little ones. It is always nice to see the results!

  3. Unfortunately, mother, I'm afraid I have grown up to be a Goop. :(

  4. I had never heard of Goops until recently --on someone's blog...?!
    I just love old books...

  5. Interesting; and cute to read. Teaching manners is important. I have never seen a book quite like this one before. Thanks for sharing parts with us.

  6. I've never heard of this. What a fun, cute, and clever book!

  7. I can't think about good manners and proper etiquette without thinking about my high school home economics teacher. She was all about Emily Post and Amy Vanderbilt, and maybe even the Goops if they were around that far back. Maybe I should have taken better notes...

    Also, your last posts haven't been showing up on my Blogger List, so I have been missing out!

  8. Have something similar
    and gave to my daughter's to read
    to my grandchildren
    years ago.
    good manners...

  9. I love the Goops! Oh, I mean that I loved teaching their lessons to my children 'way back. That first page I have etched in my memory, it was so useful as a humorous reminder at mealtimes. Thanks for the memory!