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Courteous Kids: Thank You

Courteous Kids: Thank You

by Janine Amos, Annabel Spenceley (Illustrator)

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Three very short tales are used as examples of when to say "thank you." Everyone likes to feel that people are grateful for the things we do or give them. We should say we appreciate their help, time, or gift in a courteous way. Boldfaced discussion questions can help reinforce this understanding with little listeners and readers. Part of the "Courteous Kids" series. 2001, Gareth Stevens Publishing, $14.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: C. Leonard-Schmidling SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
A part of the "Courteous Kids Weekly Reader" series, the goal of this book is to help children understand why it is important to say "thank you." Through the telling of three scenarios, or stories, the author illustrates three very different situations where it is appropriate to say "thank you." For example, in "Paul's Birthday," Paul remembers to tell his grandmother thank you for his birthday present. In "Joel's Spaceship," Joel has trouble building his model spaceship until his brother, Scott, comes along and helps him out. Initially, Joel forgets to thank Scott, but later remembers and makes things right. Lastly, in "Leah's Mom," Leah has two friends over to play. Leah's mom makes them a snack, gives them juice and helps them play dress up. While her friends forget to thank her mom when they leave, Leah remembers and gives her mom a big hug. The messages in these stories are clear and especially important for young children who are learning proper manners and how to be conscious of other's feelings. There are also several prompts for discussion with each of the stories. While the book is well written and has attractive illustrations it may be a bit too formal to appeal to many young children. 2001, Gareth Stevens, $19.93. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Emily Cook

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Gareth Stevens Publishing
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Courteous Kids Series
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Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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