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May I Please Have a Cookie? (Scholastic Reader Series: Level 1)
     

May I Please Have a Cookie? (Scholastic Reader Series: Level 1)

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by Jennifer Morris, J. E. Morris, Jennifer E. Morris (Illustrator)
 

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Alfie loves his mommy's cookies, and he wants one more than anything! But grabbing for one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie inspector don't seem to work. His mommy says there is a better way. What is it? Beginning readers will learn proper manners with Alfie as his mommy teaches him to say the magic words.

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Alfie loves his mommy's cookies, and he wants one more than anything! But grabbing for one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie inspector don't seem to work. His mommy says there is a better way. What is it? Beginning readers will learn proper manners with Alfie as his mommy teaches him to say the magic words.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Alfie the alligator's mommy has just baked cookies and Alfie loves cookies. He loves their smell, their appearance, but most of all their taste. However, when the young reptile rudely grabs for the sweets still warm from the oven, his mommy takes that passionate moment to attempt to instill manners by asking her impulsive son if he knows of a better way to get a cookie. There follows ingenious and devious methods employed by the youngster to get his hands on the now iced temptations. From wearing a disguise to hoisting himself into a tree and lowering an arm of theft into the very kitchen window, Alfie meets with no success. Eventually dissolving in tears, the winsome child learns from his mom's patient and wise example just how he should go about getting the tender morsel. Beginning readers will enjoy the antics of the little fellow while identifying with his plight. Simple vocabulary and expressive pictures enable the first or second grader to achieve the goal of reading on his or her own while learning of love, patience, creativity, and etiquette. A memorable activity to culminate this brief story would be cookie baking, while humor could be added by role playing. This book is at level one of the "Beginning Reader" series. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
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"Kids will like the cozy story and the endearing alligator characters." -- Booklist

Children's Literature - Brandon West
Sometimes remembering one’s manners can be difficult, as it is for. Alfie, a toddling alligator, as he tries his hardest to get his hands on some of his mom’s fresh baked cookies. After his mom denies him cookies, he puts his creativity to work. He dresses up as a businessman, hoping that his disguise will fool his mom. When that plan fails, he tries a variety of other strategies, including using a fishing line and making his own construction paper cookies. Just as he is about to give up, he decides to say the magic word, “please,” and his wish is granted. This board book adaptation of Morris’ 2005 classic reinforces a positive message to children about the use of polite language and retains the charm of the original, even with reduced language. Children will be delighted by the fun, bright, and colorful cartoon-like illustrations. Emergent readers will find success in reading the simple sentences on each page. The book’s strong construction will withstand the wear and tear of little hands and makes for an excellent addition to any young child’s book collection. Reviewer: Brandon West; Ages 2 to 4.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439738194
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Scholastic Reader Series: Level 1
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
54,215
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
250L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Jennifer is an award-winning illustrator and children's book author. She authored and illustrated the bestselling MAY I PLEASE HAVE A COOKIE? and PLEASE WRITE BACK. She lives in Massachusetts with her family, but you can visit her at www.jemorris.com

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May I Please Have a Cookie? (Scholastic Reader Series: Level 1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
Super adorable illustrations accompany this imaginative story about a little alligator that wants a cookie. Little Alfie tries everything to get a cookie, but his mom keeps saying no. Finally, with a little help from mom, he figures out that he needs to say please. The best part about this story were the illustrations. They were absolutely fantastic, and perfect for the age level. The word choices were simple and the text was nice and large to make identifying letters and words easier for beginning readers. There were just a few words to each page, making it a nice length and not too intimidating for a child that is just learning to read. Sometimes I feel like children's books get a little too preachy and try to teach a lesson too often. Most of the time when my kids or I read a book, it is simply for entertainment. However, the clever ways that Alphie comes up with to get a cookie balance out the "lesson" of the book so that it doesn't come off as overly preachy.
Robert_P More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for toddlers to kindergartners who are learning how to ask for something. The drawings are colorful, Alfie's initial attempts to get the cookies are funny, and it has a sweet end as he finally learns how to ask for a cookie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used this book with both of my children. And now that they are older, I STILL say to them "Think of a BETTER way to ask." Cannot wait to share this with my grandchildren now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago