Please Take Me for a Walk
by Susan Gal
A precocious puppy pleads for a promenade — perhaps in the park — with a pleasant presentation of the plentiful possibilities. His pitch is perfect, his proposal is pleasing, and his puppy-face is precious. And it’s impossible to pass over a polite “please.” Wow, I didn’t think I was going to make it through that paragraph. You may have wondered why I went all alliteration on you. Honestly, it has been a long day and I’m a little punchy. I can easily recommend this lovely book. With its slight text, engaging illustrations, and diverse neighborhood setting, it would be great for preschool storytimes or at home. Don’t pass this one by.
How about giving this book with a puppy? Ah, kidding. I’m uninspired to find a gift other than one of the stuffed animal variety, so take a look for more Ways to Give a Picture Book or over a hundred other Ways to Give a Book this holiday season.
The Letter P
Book: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, by Mo Willems
Song: “Puppy in the Window”
(Yes, I changed “doggie” to “puppy.” BTW, the tune is here.)
Book: Time to Say “Please”, by Mo Willems
Song: “Please and Thank You”
Say please and thank you,Book: Pigs Make Me Sneeze, by Mo Willems
They’re called the magic words,
If you want nice things to happen,
They’re the words that should be heard.
Remember please and thank you,
’Cause they’re the magic words.
Use ’em in the morning, noon, and night,
’Cause it’s a great way to be polite!
Please and thank you,
They’re the magic words.
(Yes, it’s the Barney song. Sorry.)
Fingerplay: “This Little Piggie”
Book: Time to Pee! by Mo Willems — or another Pigeon or Elephant & Piggie book if you want to go with the safer choice.
Alternate Books: If you choose not to go with the all-Mo storytime, here are a few other choices: Pssst! by Adam Rex; Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers, by Sam Lloyd; Pilot Pups, by Michelle Meadows; A Penguin Story, by Antoinette Portis
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