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Manners are not the same around the world. Some behavior that is polite in one place may be rude somewhere else. In Pakistan, people arrive at parties up to one hour late. They don’t want to seem greedy by coming too soon. In Denmark, it is rude to be late at all.

Shaking hands is one way to show manners. Many people shake hands when they meet for the first time. Handshakes are also a way to congratulate someone. Sports teams often shake hands after a game. The handshake shows respect for members of the other team.

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Making Connections


Think of a time someone said please or thank you to you. Where were you? How did it make you feel?


Have you read other books about manners? How were those books similar to or different from this book?


People around the world have different ways of greeting one another. What is a polite way to greet people where you live?

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