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Award Winning and Bestselling Children’s Character Education Book


The Book

Tame Your Manners is a fun, meaningful, and most important, memorable way for a child to learn manners. Any adult or child who reads this book will delight in the clever illustrations and correlations of animal characteristics and manners advice. Phrases like Lions Don’t Need to Roar, Don’t Be a Whino Rhinoand Stand Tall like a Giraffe are easy-to-grasp concepts for children.

Book Reviews

“The safari conceit is clever and memorable, and sure to catch kids’ attention.”


“Look out Emily Post, there’s a new book in town and it’s sure to be a hit as it guides young readers to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be. This book is recommended for home and school libraries.”


“Using wild animals and their traits as examples, Loretta Neff provides kids with an enjoyable and humorous approach to improving manners and creating relatable experiences that put the lessons in social graces into perspective—including bullying.”


Words of Praise

“Tame Your Manners at KAMP Safari is a creative and fun way to introduce kids to the concepts of etiquette that are the foundation behind most of our manners.”

~ Lizzie Post, author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute

“What a painless way for children to learn proper behavior, helpfulness, courtesy, and character! Wouldn’t be surprised if their parents didn’t pick up a few tips along the way.”

~ Dianna Booher, author of Communicate with Confidence and Creating Personal Presence

“Every young person I know will be getting Tame Your Manners for their next birthday. In fact, I’m getting one for myself!”

~ D. A. Benton, author of The CEO Difference and Lions Don’t Need to Roar

Tame Your Manners is a wonderful contribution to child-reading and will help parents raise kind, caring, respectful children. I highly recommend this book.”

~ Dr. Michele Borba, author of UNSELFIE: The Surprising Role of Empathy in Predicting Happiness and Success 

The Foundation

The EW Foundation is a provider of character education and literacy programs. The EWF’s vision is to teach, inspire, and motivate children to perform spontaneous acts of kindness and consideration and receive the benefits—“To Do Well by Doing Good Deeds.”

To learn more about how we can serve or help raise funds for your organization, please contact us. $10 from every book goes to community outreach partners and programs. 


Product Specs and Formats


Tame Your Manners at KAMP® Safari

By: Loretta Neff; Illustrated by Anirban Mitra

Paperback: 36 pages

Age Range: 5 – 12 years

Publisher: AuthorHouse and The Elegant Way Publishing  (March 18, 2014)

Language: English


eBook: 52 pages

Amazon (Kindle Edition)

Barnes & Noble (Nook Edition)

Age Range: 5 – 12 years

Publisher: AuthorHouse and The Elegant Way Publishing (1/23/2014)

Language: English

ISBN-13: 9781491829844



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The EW Foundation®, Founder

Loretta Neff is the founder of the EW Foundation®, a nonprofit that provides resources and training in social skills to other charities, missions, and schools.

Loretta received a BA degree in 1989, and was accepted to Thomas Cooley Law School at Michigan State University. She never attended, however, having found her real passion to be philanthropy through teaching business etiquette and the social graces.

While living in Cleveland, Loretta joined a private social club and she was soon invited to teach dinner manners and social graces to children of other members. Referrals led her to a host of other clients, from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Her fortuitous business expansion prompted her to refer to herself as “an accidental entrepreneur.” A simple postponement of law school became a thriving career—and a driving mission.

Loretta remains committed to the advancement of numerous charities, societies, and educational foundations.

The Elegant Way School of Protocol®, President

Loretta grew up in Ohio and began studying the arts at age eleven. She continued to excel academically while taking advanced finishing courses during the summers. After graduating with honors, Loretta was awarded a scholarship to a private institution and earned a BA degree.

While living in Cleveland, Loretta became a junior member of a private social club, and she was soon invited to teach dinner manners and social graces to the children of members. Many of those members, to whom Ms. Neff remains grateful, helped to facilitate introductions, which served as the springboard for the good fortune that followed. As a result, the field of etiquette has become a great passion and life pursuit for over two decades.

During the 90′s, Ms. Neff began to foster business relationships with numerous private clubs and five-star hotels and resorts, chief among them, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Resorts.

Circa 1998, Ms. Neff had the privilege of being among the first of those to participate during the development stage of what has now become known as The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Program, Executive Education Series. During its infancy, the training was simply referred to as “Roll Out the Blue Carpet”, a program designed specifically to teach “The Gold Standard” of hospitality. Since then referrals have helped to pave her way toward an illustrious path of etiquette consulting. Today she likes to think of herself as an accidental entrepreneur and hopes to make an impact in the way we treat people in our everyday lives.

In 2004, Ms. Neff debuted her first Limited Edition Luxury Holiday Card line, which was an extension of her business and aimed to reinforce manners and civility. Some of her designs are offered at select boutiques during season. She has also expanded her Luxury Holiday Card Portfolio to include a Valentine’s Day collection.

To further her professional growth, Ms. Neff has spent summers in Italy, Switzerland, India, and France respectively, studying international protocol and foreign languages, which have included programs through the University of British Columbia. She became a Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2011. Having business relationships in parts of Asia, in January 2013, she spent an intensive month studying the culture in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Ms. Neff is currently finishing her second book for children and her first book for adults, both of which will release in the summer of 2015.

Ms. Neff strives to set a “gold standard” in the way she lives her life by giving back to her communities and serving others. Ms. Neff continues to serve on a variety of boards and remains committed to the advancement of numerous charities and educational foundations.

Ms. Neff spends most of her time in Palm Beach, with extended periods in Naples and Toronto, but still calls Ohio “home” and remains devoted to family.




Research shows:

o   All children, no matter where they are born, have the potential to develop good character and become positive contributors to society.

o   Character development is enhanced by opportunities to do good in the world

o   Character development begins at home and continues at school

o   Character is central to a child’s success and can be learned

o   Character development at an early age can be life-shaping and make the difference between the prospects of a good life and a great one.

  1. How did you come up with the concept for the book?
  2. Why do you think Tame Your Manners is needed in today’s world?
  3. Who would benefit from this book?
  4. Describe for our listeners what KAMP® means and what the program entails.
  5. Why do you think your book resonates with children? Adults?
  6. From your reviews, it seems your book appeals as much to boys as girls, would you agree this is also a reason it’s been well received.
  7. Tell us about your favorite chapter and why?
  8. What illustrations have been the favorites of your readers?
  9. Walk us through the conceptual and design process of your illustrations.
  10. Tell us about the illustrations that reference other authors’ books.
  11. What is the mission/vision of the EW Foundation?
  12. Your book states that you give all net proceeds to charity, could you be more specific?
  13. What kinds of organizations will benefit from this book?
  14. You’ve received some lovely reviews, including ones from Children’s Literary Classics, The Children’s Book Review, Kirkus and well-known luminary Lizzie Post author and spokesperson of The Emily Post Institute. How does that make you feel?
  15. Can we expect any other books from you?



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(Chapter favorite of teaching professionals)


Tame Your Manners by Loretta Neff Review by Kathy Greene, M.ED

What a wonderful and delightful way to correlate the behaviors of animals to people through this writer’s book on manners. Here, we are taken artfully through demonstrations of poise, confidence, respect, humility, compassion, and gratitude to name a few. As well, shown the correct way to ballroom dance. This book has beautifully illustrated pictures that are sure to captivate not only children but adults too! I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end and can’t wait to share it with all of my colleagues at school. I say Kudos to Loretta Neff! Don’t forget everyone, “Tame Your Manners.”

A must read for children of all ages! Review by Sheldon Guttman, PhD

I received “Tame Your Manners” a few days ago and loved it! Your integration of information about each of the animals viewed on safari with the manners best exemplified by these animals was seamless. As a zoologist, I appreciate the biology the readers will be exposed to; as a grandfather I know that after reading your book my grandchildren will learn how to tame their manners.

Tame Your Manners is a jewel! Review by Kimberly Ladd

“Tame Your Manners at K.A.M.P. Safari is a jewel of a book.” ~ Kimberly Ladd, PBAU Director of Career Development and Associate Professor of Business

Thank you for “Tame Your Manners” Review by Dean Maguire

I need to start with a big “THANK YOU” to Ms. Neff for writing a book that is sorely needed in our casual society today. So much of what she advocates is a lost art – such as having proper manners, good sportsmanship, writing thank you notes, etc. As a teacher in our public school system, I can’t help feel as though we wouldn’t need programs to correct negative behavior (such as anti-bullying classes) if students were taught these positive behaviors from the get-go. This is a must read for every child!

(Chapter favorites for Anti-bullying and Special needs themes)

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A Must Read For Today’s School Children Review by Robert Michaels

“Tame Your Manners” provides the self-esteem builders and motivators to help today’s school children combat the “bullying” and intimidation that accompanies growing up these days in any school system. It provides young people with the ammunition to build their self-confidence and to feel proud about themselves and to luxuriate in their differences and be proud of their individuality! Robert Michaels, YMCA Volunteer

Don’t I wish every parent had this book. Review by Sherry Pitcock

Since there is no owner’s manual for raising children, it is great to see this book take on the question of manners at a level that makes sense for them. Bullying is the lowest form of self-esteem. This book is a wonderful addition to any library. I loved it.

(Chapter favorite of children’s libraries and faith-based organizations)


A unique, clever way for children and adults to learn manners Review by Elissa Kurland

Too often in this busy world we tend to forget the importance of manners and etiquette — and to pass them on to our children. Tame Your Manners is a unique way for children of all ages to learn these most important skills. A must have book for all child libraries.

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