Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Who doesn't love a yummy doughnut? In Steve Antony's new book, Please, Mr. Panda, the generous Mr. Panda offers a doughnut to a number of animals. Yet, the affirmative responses of the ostrich, whale, penguin, and others are anything but polite. Only when a kindly lemur pops out of a tree and uses his manners, asking if he can "please" have a doughnut does Mr. Panda finally offer up all his doughnuts.

This is a hilarious story for teaching manners. Despite Mr. Panda's questionable rudeness in promptly rescinding his offers (couldn't he suggest they say the magic words?!) the lesson that it pays to be polite without prompting sticks.

The illustrations illicit a fuzzy feel - you just want to pick Mr. Panda up, squeeze him, and make him happy! Additionally, they are large with truly few words on the page - Mr. Whale even gets two pages to demonstrate his enormity - making this a good title for younger preschoolers too. In reality, even adults might benefit from this reminder tale that it pays to demonstrate a little gratitude.

For another title where lemurs steal the show, you might try How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon. And for more titles on teaching manners and positive behaviors, check out the Michael Dahl series Hello Genius, including Penguin Says Please, Bear Says Thanks, and Mouse Says Sorry.

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