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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Time to Say Please!

Time to Say Please!

Spring 2005 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Mo Willems
Illustrator: Mo Willems
ISBN: 0-7868-3661-X
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Review:
This lighter-than-air lesson in manners-presented by a herd of sign-toting mice-covers three all-important phrases: "please," "thank you," and "I'm sorry," ("But you have to mean it!"). Even the most incorrigible of kids will crack a smile at the expressive cartoon illustrations and appreciate the straight-forward practical message: you have a much better chance of getting what you want if you learn (and use) a few simple words when dealing with "big people." Parents will appreciate the caveat ("You may not get what you want...") as well as the kindly Dad who stops work on his PC to provide his polite off-spring with a cookie.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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