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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786852933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786852932
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3–This painless introduction to good manners is sure to produce a generation of more civilized beings. With tongue firmly in cheek, Willems uses an army of mice and a cast of multicultural children to cover the basics of polite conversation: please, excuse me, sorry, and thank you. The tiny rodents are responsible for maneuvering the colorful text bubbles (and parachutes, arrows, signs, hot-air balloons, sails, wrecking balls, etc.). Framing the words in creative ways against expansive white backgrounds reinforces their importance while providing a boost to beginning readers. The examples speak directly to a young child's experience, thereby inspiring the motivation to try the author's suggestions: If you ever really want something–the illustration shows an entranced girl eyeing a cookie jar–...don't just grab it! Go ask a big person and please say ˜please'! Other relevant situations follow as the mice instruct and cajole the youngsters on the art of approaching adults while remaining sincere. A certain pigeon makes a cameo appearance, and a simple board game decorates the endpapers. While treatises on good manners abound, this entertaining and practical guide is closest to the spirited style of Sesyle Joslin's What Do You Say, Dear? (HarperCollins, 1958). Willems offers no sermons, no sentimentality, just good sense–and fun, thank you very much.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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A three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, Mo Willems has also won two Geisel Medals for There is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside? And his books are perennial New York Times bestsellers. Before he turned to children's books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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Great way to help teach manners.
JeannieM16
I felt obligated to buy it so other kids could check it out from the library once in a while!
MN2LA
This was an immediate hit and it's her #1 pick every night.
Anne Joseph

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Parker on October 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My three year old grandson and I love Mo Willems. This one isn't quite as good as our favorites which are "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog" but Max enjoys repeating all the please words written across the page. We'd recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Margie on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Perfect for the attention span of the little ones with enough substance for the over fives. With Mo Willems there is a "little" something on the pages for future reads. This one has a cute game inside the jacket.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MN2LA on January 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My family spends a lot of time at the library. My kids love picking out their own books and I'm always encouraging them to pick new titles we haven't read.

But once "Time to Say Please" came home, it quickly became a favorite of my then 3-year-old daughter. She still enjoys it at age 6. The illustrations are cute and the text jumps off the page. And the message is fantastic.

I felt obligated to buy it so other kids could check it out from the library once in a while!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jenn B VINE VOICE on December 27, 2005
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Great book as an intro to manners for little ones. My daughter was already saying please and thank you when we got her this book, we thought it would be a good reminder book though and she loves the story. Very cute.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Soden on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book holds no interest for me. The only part I appreciate is that it holds my 2 year old daughters interest when we were trying to teach her to say please, etc. She loves the girl with the flower on her shirt who asks her father "May I have a cookie, Please?" There are other scenarios presented where a child might say please and other times you can be polite, like excuse me, etc.

The artwork is simple pen drawings, with a lot of mice helping direct the children to say the right thing. Really, they provide all that is interesting to the book.

Edit: I have changed my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars. In the 3 (almost 4 years) since I wrote my original review, I have come to appreciate this book much, much more. I now have a 3 and 6 yo. When we talk about manners, I get this book out and reread it. It works every time. How could I have doubted Mo Willems!
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By Miss Devi0us on February 24, 2014
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Cute book, but I expected a lot more words. More reading involved. My son loves the book and loves counting all the "pleases". But I just wish there was more to the book.
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By M. S. Oliver on February 10, 2014
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As a retired librarian, I buy books to read to kindergarten classes. The students love Mo Willems Pigeon book series, especially "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus". When I saw this I was hoping to have something along those lines that would help them learn manners at the same time. There was no way online to see the inside of the book before I bought it so, I took the leap. The children were not very impressed although they did participate in saying "thank you" over and over and over.
For use in the classroom where children are seated at a distance, I found it difficult for those in the back to see the illustrations. Also, I wasn't excited about having mice in the kitchen for cookies.
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