There is a little bit of naughty that lives in us all, and Barbara Ross recognizes this. Ross is the founder of Goops Unlimited, a company on a crusade to bring manners and polite behavior back into the lives of contemporary families. And her latest attempt is the re-release of the humorous book, Goops And How To Be Them, originally printed 100-years-ago!
With wit and whimsy, the characters in Goops And How To Be Them represent the childish tendencies, and immature pranks every human is familiar with. The characters display such taboos as speaking out of turn, and taking things that don't belong to them, but are presented in such a way as to become endearing to the reader. Children learn in relation to the Goops, "While its fun to see them, it's terrible to be them."
Having made an appearance in Webster's Dictionary, Goops are described as "Rude creatures devoid of beauty and grace." And throughout the numerous drawings and verse in Goops And How To Be Them, this concept is perfectly illustrated. But there is a goal in mind, and that is to teach children to recognize impolite behavior and stray from it as much as possible.
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Frank Gelett Burgess (January 30, 1866 - September 18, 1951) was an artist, art critic, poet, author, and humorist. He was born in Boston, and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S., in 1887.
Barbara Ross is the founder of Goops Unlimited, a company on a crusade to bring manners and polite behavior back into the lives of contemporary families. She has been re-introducing the work of Mr. Burgess for over a decade.
For parents, children, or godchildren. Goops and How to Be Them: A Manual of Manners by Gelett Burgess, reintroduced by Barbara Ross. A witty and delightful volume first published in the '20s with eminently memorizable poems for the reinforcement of good behavior. "No matter how you wish/for the last one on the dish/Miss Manners has a right to it/Not you." And so forth. --The National Review
Precocious, atrocious, and ferocious? Yes, that s a Goop. Utterly without manners or noblesse oblige. Goops have one saving grace, they make wonderful examples of how not to behave. Goops and How to Be Them: A Manual of Manners for Polite Children offers a compendium of Goopish examples that cleverly illustrate proper manners from improper manners.
Goops and How to Be Them, originally published in 1900, retains its relevance today. Other than a few antiquated references like girls curtseying and watching for horses when you cross the street, the suggestions for proper behavior would be welcome in any home with children. The rhymes and illustrations combine to make learning about tidiness, consideration, generosity, teasing, and patience fun. Goops and How to Be Them is a spoonful of sugar that gets the medicine of good manners down in a most delightful way. --ChildrensPictureBooks.info
Does anyone doubt that Gelett Burgess, he of the equally ready pen and pencil, is an adept in philosophy? Read his famous essays and be convinced that he is a social philosopher of great analytic power. Peruse his dissertations on the nature and characteristics of "Goops" and know him as a moral philosopher of a most practical bent. --Good Housekeeping Magazine - Arthur Guiterman
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