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We Love the Company: Table Manners

Author: Angela Russ-Ayon

Illustrator: Irina Mirskaya


We Love the Company:

A Story About Table Manners

(Children's Multicultural Picture Book)


Let’s go to the table, and all take a seat for a wonderful review of what to do and what not to do while dining. Join this diverse, multicultural group of friends as they dine together and explain proper table manners from their amusing point of view. When we use our manners, we show respect for others and appreciation for what we have. In addition, according to the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and a voluminous body of research, the best strategy for improving a child’s diet is simply putting a well-balanced meal on the table and sitting down together to eat it. This picture book engages young children with relatable characters and lyrical prose while showcasing a beautiful watercolor and batik style. Cheers, and bon appétit!  Ages 4 and up. 


Proper etiquette can be transferred inside or outside of the home and into the classroom. We don’t reach over people to get what we need, no matter what we are doing. We sit correctly at the table. We say “please” and “thank you.” We don't hog all of the strawberries, just like we don’t hoard all of the markers. And we offer to clean up when we are finished with an activity. - Angela Russ-Ayon -IMG_

Dining together...

  • …provides an opportunity for children to learn and practice proper table manners.

  • …provides an opportunity to discuss good eating habits: eat slowly, pay attention to feelings of hunger and fullness, control and diversify portions, and make proper selections

  • …gives caregivers and guests a chance be good role models 

  • …gets children involved in meal preparation. They are more likely to want to taste what they help prepare.

  • …usually means that a meal has been well-planned, is nutritionally balanced, and is home-cooked.

  • …helps introduce new varieties of food children are more likely to taste.

  • …provides an opportunity for social bonding and communication. Studies show that family meals are linked to higher grades and lower rates of drug use, depression, stress, suicide, and eating disorders in children and adolescents.

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This story is illustrated in a colorful watercolor and batik style. It engages young children with relatable characters and lyrical prose while showcasing healthy food imagery in the borders.

Foundation/Domain: Social-Emotional Development


Available in English and Spanish


This book is printed-on-demand. Please contact the publisher directly as soon as possible with any questions or concerns.

$12.99 Paperback


Irina Mirskaya gains inspiration for her paintings from childhood memories and a colorful world of folk tales. She is also a creative designer of textiles, greeting cards, hand-made jewelry, and puppets. Born in Russia, Irina now lives and works in Long Beach, CA with her family. To see more of her work, please visit


Bulk Orders: This title is available in bulk for early childhood and nutrition programs, conferences, non-profit initiatives, licensing, or grants that promote healthy eating, fruits and vegetables, gardening, farm to table, STEM initiatives, and anti-obesity. Contact the publisher ( | Russ InVision Co.) directly for quotes, orders, and discounted pricing.

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$17.99 Hardbacks

ISBN: 978-1-934214-07-7

(available in limited quantities)

Format: Picture book with

downloadable song purchase


Age: 4 up

32 Colorfully Illustrated Pages

Audio Running Time: 12 min. 31 sec.


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