Benjamin Bear Says Please
Claire Freedman
Candle Books (2010)
ISBN 9780825473968
Reviewed by Max Aures (age 3 ½) and Mom for Reader Views (03/10)

“Benjamin Bear Says Please” is a small board book which follows a very energetic Benjamin Bear as he plays outside with friends in the snow. He forgets to say please on many occasions but after awhile he learns.

Max: “The bear had fun playing out in the snow! I like to play out in the snow too. I liked when he made a snowman. We do that too. They went super fast down the hill on their sled! I liked when he said please, that is what you are supposed to say. My favorite picture was when they ate doughnuts and had hot chocolate.”

Parent’s comments:

“Benjamin Bear Says Please” by Claire Freedman is a great book to teach young children the importance of saying please. As the author is English there were a few unfamiliar words in the book for both my son and I, most notably the usage of the word “sledge” instead of “sled.” However, I think that this adds to the charm of the book and also provides a lesson in cultural differences for young children.


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