Friday, February 22, 2013

PPBF - Please Say Please!

Today I am posting about a book on manners.
It is a book with cute illustrations and a penguin hostess in a bow tie.

Please Say Please!
by Margery Cuyler
Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Scholastic 2004

Preschool - Grade 2
Theme: Manners

This would be a great read  aloud book.

First Lines: When friends are invited to Penguin's house for dinner, they should barge right in without knocking. LET'S EAT! Is that right?

synopsis: Learning Good Manners Can be Fun! Penguin's Guide to Manners. Hippo, chimpanzee, rhino, giraffe, parrot, pig, lion, elephant and bear come to eat at Penguin's house. They do everything wrong and the text asks, Is that right? On the next page, the text tells them, No, that's wrong, and tells them what they should do.

Why I like this book: This book shows a fun and un-preachy  way of teaching kids good manners.

Here is a site listing 25 manners kids should know by age 9.
Here is a site listing many manner activities and games.

When my children were little there was a local cartoon show. At the end he would always ask what the three magic words were. The answer shouted back by the kids were: "Please, Thank You and You're welcome!"

Every Friday, bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see what other people posted, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books. 

Posted by Janet F. Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. We always need good books on manners, and this one looks like a winner. Especially since it features animals. Welcome, Janet, to PPBF!

  2. Great choice, pal! We ALL need this! *wink* Glad you joined PPBF. Even though I am not doing it anymore. I do have one last book to add. It's self pubbed and wonderful! Love your resources, Janet! *waving*

  3. Cute cover-we've seen a lot of hippos and penguins lately! The author is a NJ local, so shout out to Margery Cuyler.

  4. Thank you! (was that right?! ;))

  5. We need more books like this. Many kids aren't taught manners like we were. Great share and fun for kids.

  6. Sounds like an adorable book and I love the cover!

  7. Sounds like a great book. I know some kids and some parents who could use it!

    Happy Weekend :)

  8. Must not have been easy to keep the tone non-preachy!

  9. A cute book on good manners! Awesome! I'll have to check this one out! Thanks!

  10. This book looks so cute, and at the same time addresses a very important issue - one that seems to be getting a bit lost these days :) You can't go wrong with a team like Margery Cuyler and Will Hillenbrand - love his art! Thanks for sharing, Janet!

  11. Janet, I can't find your email, but wanted to let you know you won something on my blog. Please stop by!

  12. What a great way to teach manners! :) I look forward to checking it out!


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