Mr. Panda has a box full of doughnuts that he would like to share. He goes to many different animals and asks them if they want a doughnut. However, each replies rudely and Mr. Panda refuses them a doughnut. Finally, he comes across a lemur who asks politely if he could have a doughnut and Mr. Panda gladly gives him the whole box, and the lemur thanks him.

Learn to Recognize Impolite Behavior

When reading Please, Mr. Panda to your kids, ask them before the ending why they think Mr. Panda isn’t giving the other animals a doughnut, even though he asked them if they would like one. Ask questions like, “Why won’t Mr. Panda share?” and “What do you think will happen next?” When you reach the end of the book and the lemur’s polite response gets rewarded, ask your child why the lemur was given the doughnuts.

That way, children can learn about what is considered impolite or polite behavior. They will recognize that the other animal’s responses were rude and that’s why they didn’t get a doughnut.

It’s Rude to Demand Something

Please, Mr. Panda teaches children the importance of asking politely for something they want. Children learn that if they demand something instead of asking politely for it, then they won’t get it. It’s also a good idea to teach them that even though they politely ask for something, that doesn’t mean that they’ll get it. That way, they are being taught self-control. Teaching your child early on to ask for something rather than demand it will instill good manners and habits in them that willbenefit them later in life.

Recommended Audience

Please, Mr. Panda is recommended for children three to five years old who are learning the meanings of what is considered polite behavior. Parents can use this book to help their child identify good manners and explain why they are important.

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