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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sip Tea with the Mad Hatter Review & Giveaway


Disclosure: I was sent this book free of charge for this review in return for an honest review by The Children's Book Review & EW Foundation. All opinions in my review are my own and I will receive a small compensation for writing it.  As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation for your purchase.

Have you noticed that good manners seem to be disappearing in our society? Manners are taught and usually they are learned at home. Even if schools try to teach them, if they are not used at home, it does not do much good and with today's school there is not time to really teach good manners. Today we are sharing a book that helps teach good manners and other social skills. It is Sip Tea with Mad Hatter by Loretta Neff and illustrated by Anirban Mitra. 


This book goes through the various characters of Alice in Wonderland and shows the manners and characteristics of each to have (or not to have) at a tea party which of course carry over to life anywhere. Now knowing the characters from Alice in Wonderland would make the book a bit more fun, but is not necessary. Neff does a good job of telling the reader about each character and a bit about how he or she spends the day in Wonderland. The qualities taught are knowledge, obedience, confidence, courage, dignity, honor, compassion, determination, enthusiasm, humility, kindness, patience, resilience, respect, creativity, gratitude, flexibility and grace. Each of these are shown in such a fun and amusing way. There are even lessons on doing the box step. Hazel and I had such a fun time learning and practicing the box step.
Of course there is also the entire tea party theme as well. We love it!! We love our tea parties. Having a tea party would be the perfect activity to go with this book!! It gives the perfect way to practice some of the social skills learned in the book. 



The illustrations in the book are colorful and a bit bizarre like Alice in Wonderland. I personally find the Mad Hatter a bit scary, but I guess that is part of the character and why he is called Mad. Overall I found this book fun and a great book to use to introduce ideas of good social skills with kids. 


Hazel's Corner


I would give it 3-4 stars. I like the lessons it taught. I loved the one on dancing the box step. I like it how it related to Alice in Wonderland. I liked how it was about how to behave at a tea party. I love tea parties. 
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Publisher’s Synopsis: Sip Tea with Mad Hatter  makes learning afternoon tea manners fun, meaningful, and most important, memorable. Any adult or child who reads this book will delight in the clever illustrations and correlations of Alice in Wonderland’s characters to the manners advice.

Phrases like Be as cool as a Cheshire cat, Don’t be a mean Red Queen, and My teacup runneth over with gratitude are easy-to-grasp concepts for children.

With the demanding schedules of parents, caregivers, and teachers, the importance of social skills is often overlooked. Learning social skills early, especially during childhood, can shape a child’s character and greatly impact his or her life for the better.

The EW Foundation® (EWF) vision is to teach, inspire, and motivate children to perform spontaneous acts of kindness and consideration. The benefits they receive from simple, good behavior will be both tangible and intangible. Our belief is that children can “do well by doing good deeds.“

The topics covered in this book are part of the EWF KAMP® curriculum – 2015 Promising Practices National Award Recipient by Character.org.

“Once again, thank you, Loretta Neff, for another well-written and entertaining resource that teaches important life skills.”—The Children’s Book Review

Ages 6-12 | Publisher: EW Publishing | 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-0998555904


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Loretta Neff is an award-winning children s book author and the founder of the EW Foundation®, a nonprofit provider of character education programs. Loretta has specialized in character and etiquette education since 1994 with clients ranging from children to Fortune 500 companies.

Loretta’s books are inspired by her love of humanity and desire to share her resources with children who need them most. Through her books and charitable efforts, she hopes to engage young minds and instill the values that can shape and transform their lives in a meaningful and measurable way.

Her first book, award-winning Tame Your Manners, released March 2014, received coveted reviews and has become a bestseller in its genre. Described as Madagascar meets manners, the book continues to charm the hearts of critics and readers alike.

Her second book, Sip Tea with Mad Hatter, is another delightful concept for introducing children to good character and tea manners. The book was inspired by Alice in Wonderland and will challenge kids to be creative and Think outside the rabbit hole.


Based on EW Foundation s KAMP® curriculum, a 2015 and 2016 Promising Practices national award winner, her books emphasize good character and core values while offering an affordable and comprehensive learning solution. Children can enjoy the series at their own pace or share it as a family or class. (For ages 5 12.) Loretta received a BA degree in 1989 with honors and had her sights on the legal profession. But after being accepted to law school at Michigan State University, she never attended, having found her real passion for philanthropic work and the teaching of business and social etiquette. Loretta remains committed to the advancement of numerous charities, societies, and educational foundations.


Now since this post is part of the official blog tour, I get to offer you the giveaway!! Good luck!

Enter to win an autographed copy of Sip Tea with Mad Hatter: At KAMP®, by award-winning author Loretta Neff; plus a $25 Visa gift card to buy supplies for your own tea party!
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A copy of Sip Tea with Mad Hatter: At KAMP®, autographed by Loretta Neff
  • A $25 Visa gift card
Two (2) winners receive:
  • A copy of Sip Tea with Mad Hatter: At KAMP®, autographed by Loretta Neff
Giveaway begins June 21, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 21, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Giveaway open to US and international mailing addresses.

Prizes provided by EW Foundation, Inc.