Pirate Who Said Please

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Jump aboard the pirate ship! A little boy with a big imagination learns to be polite in this humorous rhyming story. Sometimes it's hard to know how to be well behaved - and why! Join little children with big imaginations as they learn that saying please, making friends, sharing and being kind are both easy and fun. Written in humorous rhyme, these books teach appropriate good manners with a 'before' and 'after' scenario by setting positive examples. The stories take place in familiar settings and include ...

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Overview

Jump aboard the pirate ship! A little boy with a big imagination learns to be polite in this humorous rhyming story. Sometimes it's hard to know how to be well behaved - and why! Join little children with big imaginations as they learn that saying please, making friends, sharing and being kind are both easy and fun. Written in humorous rhyme, these books teach appropriate good manners with a 'before' and 'after' scenario by setting positive examples. The stories take place in familiar settings and include children that play popular make-believe characters of pirate, princess, cowboy and ballerina (two boys and two girls). The Marvellous Manners series includes: The Friendliest Ballerina, 978160992268; Cowboys Can be Kind, 9781609922696; The Pirate Who Said Please, 9781609922665; Princesses Love to Share, 9781609922672

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Pirate Jim is actually a little boy: his pirate sword is made of cardboard, and his pirate ship sails his own backyard. Pirate Jim used to be rude to his "pirate crew," snatching toys, squirting them with the hose, and exhibiting selfish mealtime behavior. But after his crew leaves him abandoned on a desert island (sandbox), he reforms his manners and becomes a paragon of politeness, specializing in saying "please" and "thank you" to others at all times. The presentation of Pirate Jim as a badly behaved child rather than as an adult ruffian makes for some amusing moments, which illustrator Oliver depicts with lively energy on the large colorful pages. However, Knapman's extremely didactic text is presented in strained rhyme that frequently fails to scan: "His pirate ship is a scary sight, the terror of the living room! But he remembered to say, ?Hey, Mom, please may I borrow the chair and the broom?'" In case it weren't already abundantly obvious, the heavily didactic message is reinforced by notes to parents at the end of the book, directing them to "Emphasize that people will treat you the way you treat them. For example, if you are polite to other people, they will be polite to you." (Is this even true?) This book, part of the "Marvelous Manners" series, is about as preachy as a book can be. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS—Jack, the cowhand hero of Cowboys Can Be Kind, makes the playground even more dangerous than the old West. He zips around on his bike, stealing and causing general disorder. Then he gets a taste of his own medicine when an even naughtier boy splashes him with a puddle. Jack decides that being "brave and true" like all cowboys is a better way of life. Bella, the protagonist of The Friendliest Ballerina, learns that life in the spotlight can be quite lonely, especially when you behave like a diva. Her reform means that she smiles, is helpful (especially to new students in her ballet class), and makes lots of new friends. In the third title, Jim fancies himself a pirate king of the seven seas and used to be a downright scourge to both his family and friends. Things got so bad that he was abandoned on a deserted island (depicted in the illustrations as a lonely sandbox). Once he realizes that saying "please" and "thank you" and treating others the way you would like to be treated is the way to go, boundless treasure and mates are his reward. The rhyming texts and vibrant illustrations make these books perfect picks for the young children. An appendix provides suggestions for activities and discussion. Engaging updates for manners collections.—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609922665
  • Publisher: QEB Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/7/2012
  • Series: Marvelous Manners Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 693,827
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Knapman studied history at Oxford University and has written plays, opera libretti, and children's books. His books include the successful Mungo series, which have been read on the BBC's CBeebies Bedtime Stories program. He lives in London.

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At parties he’d forever be shouting, “More pirate food for me!“ So people thought, “What a rude little pirate!” and didn’t invite him to tea.

When he told his crew what to do, he wouldn’t say “please” – he’d moan!

So they left him behind on an island – far away and all alone.

And that’s how Pirate Jim was taught the most important lesson you’ll learn: be polite to other people and they’ll be polite in return.

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