Scholastic Monday ~ Thank You, Mr. Panda

“Thank you” is such a short phrase. Only 2 little words. It doesn’t take long to say and it seems so simple, but I’ve heard over and over again how meaningful those two words are. Despite the fact that they are “only” 2 words, they carry a wealth of meaning that can be tough to describe. “Thank you” shows gratitude; it shows that you’ve noticed what someone has done for you; it shows that you have good manners; it recognizes that you are thinking of the thought behind each gift that you receive. Yes,”Thank You” really are two very important words.

Since “Thank You” is something that needs to be said often, it is also something that most (if not all!) of us parents want to teach our children the importance of. Thank You, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony is a great place to start. Thank you, Mr. Panda from Scholastic Canada is geared specifically towards kids aged 3-5. Generous Mr. Panda is giving away gifts to all of his animals friends. The thing is that most of his friends are not being very grateful about the gifts they have received. Perhaps it is because the gifts aren’t quite right. For example, Octopus gets only six colorful socks – even though he has eight legs. The story is the same with most of the other animals until we get to Lemur. He knows that even if the gift isn’t perfect, it is the thought that counts the most. Little Lemur sets a wonderful example of gratefulness for the other animals and for those reading the book.

Mr. Panda books are a kid-friendly way of teaching kids important lessons – such as saying “thank you” and recognizing that it’s the thought behind the present that counts the most. It’s a great way to have both a fun and character building reading time with your children.

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  1. Thank you is an attitude that makes a huge difference.

  2. kathy downey says:

    Thanks a wonderful book with a lesson,love these books !

  3. Wonderful idea for a book. Children will remember and mimic as that is how they learn.

  4. I love that when my kiddo says thank you, she does it with enthusiasm!

  5. vickie couturier says:

    what a adorable little book,,would be perfect for any child

  6. We love Mr. Panda books in our house! They are lovely.

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    A lovely book. Thank you is so important and can’t be over-used ever!

  8. This looks like a lovely teaching book

  9. ivy pluchinsky says:

    This looks like a great book, people don’t say thank you enough these days.

  10. Rosanne Robinson says:

    This book is a great reminder for adults and children, thank you very much!

  11. My child loves Mr. Panda books!

  12. Children love books about gift giving and mistakes so this book would be fun.

  13. Tammy Dalley says:

    Im addicted to Scholastic I get more excited about the book order forms when the kids bring them home then they do haha!

  14. kathy downey says:

    Children do as the see

  15. Such a great message! I love Scholastic books.

  16. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Such a lovely book and helping to get the message across how important these two words are.

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