May I Please Have a Cookie? by Jennifer E. Morris
In this Level 1 Scholastic Reader, Alfie learns that the best way to get a delicious cookie is to say please!
loves his mommy’s cookies, and he wants one more than anything! But
grabbing for one, fishing for one, and dressing up as a cookie inspector
don’t seem to work. His mommy says there is a better way. What is it?
Beginning readers will learn proper manners with Alfie as his mommy teaches him to say the magic words.
Super adorable illustrations accompany this imaginative story about a little alligator that wants a cookie. Little Alfie tries everything to get a cookie, but his mom keeps saying no.
Finally, with a little help from mom, he figures out that he needs to say please.
The best part about this story were the illustrations. They were absolutely fantastic, and perfect for the age level. The word choices were simple and the text was nice and large to make identifying letters and words easier for beginning readers. There were just a few words to each page, making it a nice length and not too intimidating for a child that is just learning to read.
Sometimes I feel like children’s books get a little too preachy and try to teach a lesson too often. Most of the time when my kids or I read a book, it is simply for entertainment. However, the clever ways that Alphie comes up with to get a cookie balance out the “lesson” of the book so that it doesn’t come off as overly preachy.