Thank You, Mama

Overview

It was Alice’s birthday, and Alice’s mama and papa took her to the zoo. They bought Alice a pet parrot, an ice cream, and a flower.

“Thank you, Mama,” said Alice.

“Thank you, Mama,” said the parrot.

But when they returned home and Alice gave the parrot a cracker, the parrot only said, “Thank you, Mama.” Alice thinks she needs to teach the parrot manners—but could it be that the parrot is actually teaching her?

Thank You, Mama pairs up the ...

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Overview

It was Alice’s birthday, and Alice’s mama and papa took her to the zoo. They bought Alice a pet parrot, an ice cream, and a flower.

“Thank you, Mama,” said Alice.

“Thank you, Mama,” said the parrot.

But when they returned home and Alice gave the parrot a cracker, the parrot only said, “Thank you, Mama.” Alice thinks she needs to teach the parrot manners—but could it be that the parrot is actually teaching her?

Thank You, Mama pairs up the award-winning team of Kate Banks and Gabi Swiatkowska for an imaginative lesson on politeness and play. Check out its companion book, Please, Papa, too.

A Frances Foster Book

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Happy birthday, little Alice! Welcome to your special day with lively activities and important lessons in manners. Alice's Victorian era parents are sticklers for teaching their child good manners. Every time she is given a treat, be it a balloon, a birthday hat, or an outrageous pet, Alice's parents reinforce the rules about "please" and "thank you." At first Alice's pet suggestions seem overblown. After all, who would give a child a giraffe or a tiger for her birthday? Alice, sensibly and politely, refuses wild animals but gladly accepts a parrot which repeats everything she says. Now Alice learns the frustration of trying to teach another being proper manners. When Polly says "thank you," instead of thanking Alice, he repeats her thanks to her mother and father. Finally, a show of affection gets the response for which Alice was waiting: "Thank you, Alice." The illustrations are the strength of this slim book. The characters' large, expressive eyes, marcelled hair and stylized clothing take their look from porcelain dolls of the period. Alice, her family and her animals are nicely sized for reading with a group, and the story is simple enough to provide a solid lesson in good manners. Pair it with Say Please, by Tony Ross for a very polite story time. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374374440
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Banks is the author of many acclaimed books for children, including the Boston Globe- Horn Book Award winner The Night Worker. She lives in the South of France.

Gabi Swiatkowska has illustrated many notable books for children, including My Name Is Yoon, for which she received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. She lives in France.

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