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Some foods are served with sauce. Each person dips pieces of food in the same bowl. But sometimes people dip the food again after taking a bite. This action is called double dipping. It can spread germs. People can scoop sauce onto their own plates instead.

People around the world have different rules for how to eat food politely. In the United States, it is rude to slurp when eating noodle soup. But in China, slurping is a compliment. It shows the person who made the food that it tastes delicious.

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Making Connections


Do you prefer to eat food with or without silverware? Why?


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


Chewing with an open mouth is not polite. How might this action make other people feel?

Teacher Resources

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