Miss Mistake: Mind Your Manners at Home

Join Miss Mistake as she learns how to be her very best self at home, at school, in a restaurant, at the movie theater and everywhere!



Miss Mistake sometimes doesn’t know the proper thing to say or do around others. Thank goodness for her smart butterfly friend, Mannie, who teaches her the polite thing to say or do in a way that is fun and kind. Miss Mistake loves to learn proper etiquette and everyone is impressed by her new social skills! Studies show that children who are socially adept are more successful throughout their lives (when it comes to making friends, doing well in school, avoiding risky behaviors and holding a stable job). Join Miss Mistake as she learns how to be her very best self at home, at school, in a restaurant, at the movie theater and everywhere!

What People Say

“Miss Mistake: Mind Your Manners At Home is a lovely elementary book that truly depicts the essence of having good manners and respect toward one another. It also illustrates to children that having respect, good manners, and being courteous to one another can promote a healthy learning environment. I would recommend this delightful children’s book for any parent or teacher who has children second grade through 6th grade.”

Dr. Claudio Cerullo, School Principal and Founder of Teach Anti Bullying at www.teachantibullying.org

“Miss Mistake is a realistic character who helps children learn polite ways to behave in common situations. Her experiences offer a springboard for great conversations and problem solving.”

Karen Smith, Reading Specialist, Governor Mifflin School District Berks Co., PA


Donna Bostany, Lisa Butowsky





Other Details

Illustrated byDonna Bostany

Year Published



6 x 9



2 reviews for Miss Mistake: Mind Your Manners at Home

  1. Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

    Missy Mistake lives in a small town in Pennsylvania and is ten years old. Everyone calls her Miss Mistake. Her best friend’s name is Manner Lee and she calls him Mannie. He is polite and smart and helps Missy a lot. Mannie has good manners but Missy does not pay too much attention to manners, especially on a bad day. Mannie thinks that everyone should be treated properly and there are no excuses for behaving rudely. Missy’s grandparents are going to visit her family for a week and her mother has given Missy’s room to them during their stay. Missy is not too happy about it and she wants them to use the couch but her mother tells her that she should show respect to her grandparents.

    Miss Mistake: Mind Your Manners by Lisa Butowsky and Donna Bostany is a wonderful book that teaches children basic manners with the help of Missy, her family, and Mannie. The illustrations by Donna Bostany make the concept clear and help readers comprehend what the authors are trying to convey. It is the perfect storybook for school and homes when it comes to teaching children manners in an interesting way without sounding too preachy and making it boring. I like the authors’ approach to the topic and they make the characters and the situations real and relatable. Reading this book will definitely help children to behave properly. The question and answer session toward the end of the story is useful and helpful when it comes to learning good manners.

  2. Amazon Reviewer

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Most Important Skills You Can Teach Your Child Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2020
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    Over the years I’ve witnessed countless children behave inappropriately in social situations, as their mortified parents look on helplessly. When I began experiencing the same thing with my own little boys ages 8 and 10, I decided to see if I could find something that might help. Luckily, I stumbled upon this book! “Miss Mistake: Mind Your Manners” brilliantly tells the story of a little girl experiencing life’s awkward situations and she reacts like any child. Afterward, her friend, (a butterfly) kindly reminds her how her behavior made others feel and explains how she could have responded in a more thoughtful, respectful way. When I read the book to my boys, I wasn’t sure if it would hold their attention but they were entranced! It turns out these typical rough and tumble little boys actually WANT to learn how to handle social situations better! They say kids don’t come with instructions, however this is a really great start! I know I will certainly revisit this book for years to come. What I love most about this book is that it teaches respect, by first showing respect to the reader!
    If you want to teach your kids the social skills they will need throughout their entire life…you need this book!
    After all, WHO YOU ARE is just as important as what you know.

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About the Authors

Donna Bostany is a Certified Etiquette Instructor with Your Charming Child ~ Etiquette Instruction and teaches preschool music and yoga. She holds a BA degree in Theater Arts from Penn State University and has been featured in stage, television and movie productions. Ms. Bostany has many creative talents including hair styling, make-up application, sewing and illustration. She believes that “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” ~JFK

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Lisa Butowsky is a Certified Etiquette Instructor and Founder of Your Charming Child ~ Etiquette Instruction. She has a BS degree in Infancy and Early Childhood Development from Penn State University. Ms. Butowsky has spent much of her career working with children in various settings and has worked with troubled teens as a Mental Health Technician. She firmly believes that strong interpersonal skills contribute substantially toward workplace and relationship success. Teaching these skills is ideal starting at a young age but it’s never too late!