The Magic Word

The Magic Word

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by Sherrill S. Cannon

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The Magic Word is one that everyone needs to learn. “Elisabeth Keys never said thank you, excuse me or please. She made fun of people, she’d argue and tease. She took what she wanted whenever she could, Elisabeth’s manners were not very good.”

So begins the rhymed story of Elisabeth, who discovers her lack of friends when no


The Magic Word is one that everyone needs to learn. “Elisabeth Keys never said thank you, excuse me or please. She made fun of people, she’d argue and tease. She took what she wanted whenever she could, Elisabeth’s manners were not very good.”

So begins the rhymed story of Elisabeth, who discovers her lack of friends when no one wants to come to her birthday party. Her mother suggests that she learn to be considerate of others and to say “please” as well as “thank you.” She should treat others “the way that you know you would like,” and should “think more about others and less about you.”

When Elisabeth goes to school the next day, she remembers her mother’s advice and uses the magic word “please.” She also tries to become more thoughtful of others. Imagine her pleasure when she returns home to find out that her new friends are all coming to her birthday party.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if children could learn at an early age to be polite and thoughtful of others! This wonderful rhyming book will have your kids saying “please” before you know it!

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Strategic Book Publishing
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Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

A former teacher, Sherrill S. Cannon of Great Bend, Pennsylvania, is now retired and travels the country with her husband in an RV, going from coast to coast to visit their children and grandchildren, sharing her books along the way. She tends to think in rhyme and has written several children’s books including Peter and the Whimper-Whineys and Santa’s Birthday Gift.

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Magic Word 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
K-Teacher33 More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my students last week and it has quickly become a favorite in our classroom! I incorporated the book into a social lesson on being a good friend, but we also moved into the important lesson of being polite and having good manners. Now all of my kindergarteners are saying, "What's the Magic Word?" so that their friends remember to say please!! I love it!! This book is a perfect addition to your classroom library - I highly recommend it!
Jannifer_Powelson More than 1 year ago
"The Magic Word" is another exceptionally written book by Sherrill Cannon. Cannon's storyline contains lovely rhyming verse that teaches children about the Magic of Manners. In this book, "please" and "thank you" are the "key" words, as Elisabeth Keys learns a lesson the hard way. Initially a spoiled and rude child, Elisabeth later emerges as a charming child who changes her behavior and is pleasantly surprised by the results. Soon, Elisabeth's classmates become her friends and accept Elisabeth's invitation to attend her birthday party. By the end of the story, Elisabeth understands the importance of good manners and behavior. The illustrations are fantasitc and add to the true beauty of this delightful children's book. Children will be entertained from start to finish with both the text and artwork featured in this book. This book is a must for anyone who wants to reinforce good manners and behavior to children.
AlexGrayson More than 1 year ago
I came across this book and I must say, it's a gem! It's beautifully illustrated and teaches an important lesson to all kids - one which parents will forever appreciate! After reading it with my 4 year old son, he starting to become instantly aware of his actions, saying things like "please" and "thank you" - just like Elisabeth character. Personally, I am not one to write many reviews but I thought I make an exception for this book, as its such a valuable lesson. Thanks Sherrill for your contribution!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Elisabeth did not use good manners. She never said "please" or "thank you" and she did not like to share. She and her mother planned a birthday party. They made invitations and sent them to all her friends. Each day Elisabeth checked the mail to see who was coming to her party. But there were no replies. Her manners hurt friendships and kept people away. Her mother told her it was time to change. Elisabeth learned the magic words, "please" and "thank you." The next day at school Elisabeth remembered to say "please." Her classmates were surprised. They were shocked when they heard her say "thank you." Elisabeth found it was fun to share and to give to others. She asked her classmates to "please" come to her party. While this book is written for children ages 4-8, I know several adults that could learn from this tale. The message is an important one. Sherrill S. Cannon presents it in a simple and easy to understand way. Children will like the rhythm of the words. They will love the illustrations which are bright colored and appealing. "Please," "thank you," sharing and all good manners are an important lesson that sometimes is lost in our society. I don't think manners should ever become obsolete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My three year old loves this book, and I love that it has taught him how important it is to say please and thank you! He usually chimes in with "please" everytime we read it together -- the rhyming style makes it easy for him to follow along and predict when to say "please"! Great illustration style and color scheme as well.
RVer-Reader More than 1 year ago
The Magic Word was read aloud to my daughter's kindergarten class and all the children loved it. Later that week the children were asked to fill out "Back To School Night" information sheets about themselves for visitors, and one of the questions was "what is your favorite book to share?" Over half of them chose The Magic Word!
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
My Review: What are the magic words in your house is it ‘Please and Thank you’? Please and Thank you are the most important words that you can teach any child. Elisabeth Keys was really quite rude; who made fun of people and didn’t like to share her books or toys so no one played with her. When it was time for her birthday she discovers that she had no friends. She learnt from her mother that her bad manners have kept her from having friends. Now it was time for her to learn to treat people with respect. Learn how to say ‘Please, and also Thank you.’ To make friends you have to be polite. Elisabeth Keys leant why it is so important to say please and thank you. Great book for classroom teaching and the illustration from Kalpart was bright and colorful. Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Book Title: "The Magic Word” Author: Sherrill S. Cannon Published By: Strategic Book Company Age Recommended: 3+ Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard Raven Rating: 5 Review: This is a beautifully written book about manners, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and making sure to be nice to others. The illustrations are magical and make the story come to life. Sherrill S. Cannon is a master of weaving words into a sing-song, poetry-like, read that will keep children enthralled and insure they remember the lessons learned and carry them with them always. I definitely think parents should invest in this great little book.
Donalisa More than 1 year ago
The Magic Word is a wonderful tale that teaches manners. The words "please" and "thank you" are the magic words. Elisabeth is a very rude child who learns from her mother the lesson of common courtesy. She also learns how to be a good friend. This rhyming story flows from beginning to end. This is a great read aloud for little ones with beautiful illustrations to keep their attention. *A free copy of this book was given to me for a honest review. No other compensation was provided for this review.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
The lovely pictures in Sherril Cannon's book The Magic Word really complement the text, making it easy for a child to follow the storyline. The book invites early readers with large clear pages of writing opposite full-page illustrations. The text has a nice rhythm and rhyme without feeling too forced, and the font is very simple and clear. Non-readers will read the pictures very easily while their elder siblings follow the words. The story's a nice everyday tale of a child learning the benefits of good behavior; saying "Please" and "Thank you," not pushing into line, sharing toys... A nice mix of children join the main character in the school playground. And the mother is very politely addressed as Mrs. Keys-a pleasing touch that fits in nicely with the story. With a main character who's just starting school, this would be a great book for pre-schoolers and any parents or grandparents who feel their children need a nudge to "say the magic word." The pleasing refrain of Elisabeth hearing her mother's voice in her head gives a nice way to tell children "how" to remember. Disclosure: I read this ebook as a judge in the Children's Picture Book category of the Dan Poynter Global eBook Awards.
MeganHagen More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old godson LOVES this book. Actually he loves all of Sherrill's books. They are so clever and so fun to read. I shared this book with my assistant this week and her exact words were, "My son NEEDS this book!"
KJoshi More than 1 year ago
This author is a wonderful writer. I have read all her books and am impressed the way she conveys her message for kids. I have seen children engrossed in these books. Check her other titles - Santa's Birthday Gift and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, all available here. Fantastic reading for children.
cclblue More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful, rhyming story to teach manners in a cute, fun way! My four year old and I enjoyed reading together and anticipating what would happen next to Elisabeth. The rhyme allowed us to anticipate when please needed to be said so that my daughter could chime in on that word. Cute illustrations had us guessing what would happen next all along the way.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
What better month is there to introduce "Magic" anything than October? October is here but that is not the "magic" we speak of in this delightfully, rhyming story of a rude little girl. In a world where rudeness is so commonplace, this is a very picturesque way of attempting to change that. Sherrill is very good at presenting important issues through rhyming storytelling. The only two problems I found with this story is (a) the unrealistic part of it; (b) the "magic word" needed to read "magic words". In teaching important lessons, it is also important to teach "it takes time". This tale is aimed toward toddlers and very early elementary age.... An age where there is very little patience. I feel we must be very forthright in the way we present important lessons. This also allows us the opportunity to teach young children patience. The cover slightly relates to the story but not without a lot of imagination. However, it is very colorful and eye catching. Little girls would be very drawn to the cover picture. The illustrations are colorful and well done throughout the story by Kalpart. Sherrill's books are needed on every library shelf where toddlers or elementary children visit - whether it be at home or school. (They would be appreciated in pediatricians offices as well!) My review of this book gives it a solid Four Stars rating. I was generously sent this book for an honest review, of which I have given.
Dellani_Oakes More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Keys is the rudest little girl in her class. She never says please and thank you. Her manners are terrible. She learns the error of her ways when no one wants to come to her birthday party. Can Elizabeth change her ways? Or will she have her party all alone. Elizabeth learns that manners are important.
Sheri_Fink More than 1 year ago
"The Magic Word" by Sherrill Cannon is an adorable children's book that helps teach the importance of manners. Following a fun and creative rhyming scheme, the book flows smoothly and effectively teaches the magic words "thank you" and "please." Kids will relate to the characters and will want to read it again and again. I really enjoyed it!
KidLitWriter More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth discovers she has no friends when no one wants to come to her birthday party. Elizabeth does not understand why she has no friends until she talks to her mom. Mom suggests Elizabeth learn to be more considerate of her classmates and teacher, and to learn to use the magic words "thank you" and "please." The Magic Word gently teaches children two important life skills: how to make friends and manners. Ms. Cannon writes in rhyme that is simply and easy to follow. Kids will love learning how to treat others kindly while reading this story. It is also a good read-aloud-story, perfect for pre-school and kindergarten classes. The illustrator has given the child characters wonderful expressions that are easy to understand. They are drawn in soft pastels. This short, 25-page book, delivers on every level. Written in one of the most difficult manners, poetry, the story is pleasant, the message clear and the illustrations fantastic. note: received from author
AThrasher More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the Sherrill, as a gift for my daughter. I read it first and I'm so glad that I did. I felt as if it were written just for her, and of course it wasn't. But the message was so profound and clear for young children, and written in a way that every child could understand. The message of course being nice and using good manners, doing what you are supposed to do is the right thing. The reward of course is the response and reaction of others around you, and how one feels about themselves because they did what they should. I emailed my friend and said, "I intend to make my daughter read this book by her self, and I mean that in a good way." My daughter did read the book and it's safe to say, 'lesson learned.' Amanda M. Thrasher
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DevonDavis More than 1 year ago
My 4 year twins have already learned "Please" and "Thank You" they are cleverly highlighted in red in the book. One of them always grabs this book at night to read. I might have to by another just make them both happy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so fun to read with my 3 and a half year old daughter. She loves to look at the beautiful illustrations and has learned a lot about good manners
Anonymous More than 1 year ago