P Is For Please

Author: Lisa Tharpe
Illustrator: Ali Bahrampour
Publisher: Blueberry Ink Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-9825320-1-0
Pages: 32
Price: $8.95

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Instead of the usual foods and animals corresponding to the letters of the alphabet, this unique children’s book shows us how to act politely. “P” is for please, along with “M” is for manners, “T” is for thank you, and “I” is for I’m sorry.

The animals who act out these concepts have names beginning with the letter for that page. The scene is presented using alliteration, to create an association with that letter’s sound. And Ali Bahrampour’s bright and colorful illustrations show us good manners in action.

I found this book to be fun and clever, but there was one scene that felt out of place in this delightful alphabet book. I would have preferred to see the fox dining on fiddlehead ferns, rather than on the frogs who served him their legs. Seeing a frog on a peg leg carrying his leg bone away from the fox’s table seemed a little too disturbing, but I may be more sensitive than most people.

If you’d like your kids to learn more than their ABCs when reading an alphabet book, P Is For Please would make a worthy addition to your library. And they’ll use “A” in asking for permission to read it over and over again.

Reviewer: Alice Berger