Book Information

The Manners Contract

About the Book:

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Signed, sealed and guaranteed to help teach children basic social skills and good manners at home, in school and in public, this contract, written by etiquette consultant, Alyson Murphy, and beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Tate Nation, will teach kids how to be proud to write, speak, and improve polite habits, such as brushing their teeth, using good table manners, and showing others respect.


About the Illustrator:


Armed with an unorthodox arsenal of knives, dry brushes, and assorted unconventional implements, Tate Nation paints in multiple layers of acrylics on canvas-covered wood panels, creating vibrant paintings that are drenched in texture, and packed with energy and movement. Tate’s non-traditional paintings are a lively medley of bold compositions, festive themes, and a vivid color palette influenced by Caribbean art. Raised in Kentucky and upstate New York, Tate received his BFA from Western Kentucky University, where he was a collegiate swimmer. Tate lives and paints in Charleston, SC.


About School Readings:

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Alyson Murphy is available for class or school readings for PreK-2nd grade. For more information please contact

Take a sneak peak inside…


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School Clients: 

Jennie Moore Elementary
North Charleston Creative Arts
Philip Simmons Elementary
Sundrops Montessori
Belle Hall Elementary
Buist Academy
James Simons Santee Elementary
Charleston Collegiate
O’Quinn School James Island
James B. Edwards
Laurel Hill Elementary
Montessori Hursey Elementary
Children’s Center at Carolina Park
Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary
Windwood Farms

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