Etiquette book teaches that manners matter

October 01, 1997


Staff Writer

Maryland Theatre board President Patricia Wolford has published a book on etiquette for children.

Wolford said Monday her grandchildren inspired her to write "Etiquette: Self Confidence in the Making." She and husband Ted Wolford have nine grandchildren.

The 79-page book is the first in what will become The Cherry Blossom Series. Wolford's neighbor, Terri Birkhauser, illustrated the book.

The next book in the series will focus on etiquette for teenagers at the theater and during trips, said Wolford, who likes to visit museums and attend children's shows with her grandchildren.


"Manners are something that sometimes get tossed aside in this busy world," said Wolford, 57, of Lance Circle.

Wolford said she believes she has good manners, which she said help increase a person's value and worthiness.

"I've been taught manners all my life," she said.

"There are a lot of people who have never learned manners and it's very sad," Wolford said.

Many adults don't know where to place the knife and fork when done with a meal, she said.

According to the book, the knife is placed on the dinner plate with the end toward the center and the blade facing down. The fork goes beside the knife with the tines up to signal the hostess that one has finished eating.

The book is written in dialogue form between two parents and three children so that youth groups such as the Cub Scouts can use it for role playing, Wolford said.

In the book the two older children help teach the youngest child etiquette, including table settings and how much to tip a server when dining at a restaurant.

As the eldest of three daughters, Wolford said she helped teach etiquette to her younger sisters.

The book's characters are named after family members.

Review and Herald Publishing printed 3,000 copies of the book, which is available at Barnwood Books downtown, Wolford said.

Copies also can be purchased by calling Wolford at 301-797-0810. The book costs $10.95 before taxes. The mailing fee is $3.50.

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