Lois Bates was a French writer, author of didactic works “Kindergarten guide," "New Recitations for infants”, “Games without music” , etc.
“Story Lessons of Character Building (Morals) and Manners” is the collection of stories and tales, oriented on the children's moral growth. The book includes two parts, dedicated the describing of favoured manners and morals. At the first part each story illustrates one of human’s virtuous qualities: obedience, loyalty, truthfulness, honesty, kindness etc. At the second – the lessons of good manners: how to speak when others are speaking, how to look at people when speaking to them, how to offered a seat to the lady and so on. The preface begins: "Although it is admitted by all teachers, in theory at least, that morals and manners are essential subjects in the curriculum of life, how very few give them an appointed place in the school routine. Every other subject has its special time allotted, but these--the most important subjects--are left to chance, or taken up, haphazard, at any time; surely this is wrong."
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