Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Books I Read: How To Behave And Why (Plus a Giveaway!)

One of my favorite things to do is find treasures at my local thrift store, D.I.  I try to avoid the book section when I go because our bookshelves already look like this:

But those rows and rows of shelves lined with gently loved books call to me and I can never resist seeing what I can find.  The last time I went, I found a great pile of books, including these four:

and I was ecstatic - only $1 apiece!  However, Allen does not appreciate this kind of humor or the conversations that inevitably spark up as a result of them, so I really need to find them a new home.  If you're interested leave a comment telling me so and I'll do a drawing for them by the end of the week.

Among the pile of books I bought was this find:

How to Behave and Why by Munro Leaf.  I had never heard of it before but the simple illustrations and colors and the retro-ish lettering of the title drew me in.  I leafed through the pages and decided it was worth the $2 tag.  Once I got home and read through the whole book I pretty much fell in love with it.

This book is filled with all of those important things that moms tell their kids all the time - be nice, don't cheat, listen to your elders, don't whine, smile... and so on.  It was written in 1946 but every word still applies to us today.  This would make a great gift for anyone of any age.  It's like a little instruction manual for life.  Check out a few of the pages:




See what I'm saying?  I love it.  The book is only 60 pages long and you will finish it in 10 minutes or less but it's totally worth having in your library no matter your age.

Don't be surprised if I give you a copy for your birthday.

**Just to be clear - the giveaway is only for the set of 4 books in the second picture.  Leave me a comment telling me you want them and I'll do a drawing at the end of the week.**


Sarah said...

Gerb, I LOVE the idea of the How To Behave book! But ewwww, just the THOUGHT of the scab books gives my belly the willies!
I think I pretty much know that I am JEALOUS of your thrift-store finds. Our closest DI is in Mesa (3 hours away), and they hardy have any books!!

Kimm said...

I need to find those scabby, poop and farting books!! Oh yeah, it's just what my boys need!! Love books!! Love your blog!! Love YOU!!

Rachel said...

My birthday is in June...... Just sayin'. ;)

Hmmm, I wonder who would appreciate such literature such as those books you are giving away! A houseful of boys perhaps? I'm speaking of Natalie's house of course. :D In our house we speak of nothing but roses and water lilies.

I'm so glad you posted a photo of your book case. That is what mine looks like. Every shelf doubled up with books shoved on top and anywhere else we can make them fit!

Gina said...

Looks like I've got some stiff competition. I promise we will give them good homes. Maybe an exchange is in place. You KILL me.

Lena said...

I try addressing the gas issue every year with my students, but would LOVE a story to make it stick in their brains about what to do! Please! For the good of all man and womankind! Ok- for my nose sake! I don't want them to explode- I just want them to go in the hall or something! Maybe the book will let me know what to tell them!

Palendrome said...

I can use ALL the help I can get!!

Sister Pottymouth said...

Whaaaaa? Allen doesn't appreciate potty humor? I may have to disown him. My kids would love those books! And my birthday is in April... ;)

Annette said...

I've got no appreciation for potty humor, but since I've got 2 boys I'm sure it's inevitable! So, I've decided that when my boys get to that age, I'll just send them to stay with you for awhile :) Oh and no drawing for me, I'd like to enjoy the next couple potty humor free years ;)

Alyssa said...

I would love these, I was just reading to my baby bump yesterday so the baby could hear my voice. I love children's books.

ablackman said...

Who doesn't appreciate SOME potty humor? A good fart once in a while, even once or twice a day is funny and totally appropriate. But at some point everything gets old.

Richard & Natalie said...

When I saw those books I thought of one person, Rachel! And look who she mentions- me. We may have to duke it out.
I love the "How to Behave" book and plan on looking it up.

Anaise said...

I love books by Munroe Leaf--they have a place of honor on our bookshelves, and we read them OFTEN!

And I think the other books are hilarious! I've loved them for years, but we don't have any copies, so if you're finding new homes for them, mine will do. :)

A Lark said...

I totally want the "How to Behave & Why" for my class.... keep a lookout for me when you go to DI in the future. (:
Reminds me, I have a few more books from our friend that you might like to have.