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Thank You, Mr Panda by Steve Antony

Mr Panda’s books are great for introducing toddlers and young children to the concept of manners. In Thank You, Mr Panda, several characters are quick to point out that their presents aren’t quite right but are gently reminded that ‘it’s the thought that counts’.

The Story: Mr Panda has presents for all his friends and goes to great lengths to deliver them. The presents aren’t always quite right but as the lemur says ‘it’s the thought that counts’. Then the lemur gets his present!

Thank You, Mr Panda introduces children to several animal characters, some more familiar than others. The lemur from Please, Mr Panda is back to help with present giving and he’s the only animal who says thank you, we like his present the best!

Mr Panda is famous for his doughnuts, the presents are all wrapped in doughnut paper and the same pattern is on the presents that the animals find inside. One of them has real doughnuts inside his present!

Mr Panda is a serious character, we only counted one smile right at the end of the book, but his heart is definitely in the right place. Accompanied by the lemur he flies in a hot air balloon and dives into the sea to deliver two of the presents. We love the underwater spread with the lemur wearing his swimming ring! The presents add colour to the illustrations which are predominantly black, grey and white on a yellow background, the simplicity of the style is perfect for a young child.

Thank You, Mr Panda would make a great addition to a library in a nursery or early years classroom. Told entirely in dialogue it’s a lovely book to stimulate conversation about the correct response to receiving a gift. You could ask children what kind of presents they would give to each character or to their best friend or a parent. The theme of giving to your friends also makes this a good book to include in a topic on friendship.

Age Range: 2 +

Author / Illustrator: Steve Antony

We were very excited to win Thank You, Mr Panda in a Twitter giveaway. Thank you very much, Mr Antony!

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26 responses to “Thank You, Mr Panda by Steve Antony”

  1. Kate Fever avatar

    Love the sounds of this book as a gentle introduction to manners. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      Mr Panda teaches manners in a very gentle way but we particularly love the lemur 🙂

  2. Baby Isabella avatar

    It’s definitely the thought that counts! What a sweet little book! Great review x popping over from #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s the thought that counts with all these presents! They’re close but not completely right which is where the humour lies 🙂

  3. Becca Farrelly avatar

    This looks like a lovely story book! We love books in this house and Mia has a massive collection however we haven’t got this one and I haven’t heard of it either. Stories like this are perfect for bedtimes.


    1. Catherine avatar

      The Mr Panda stories are lovely for younger readers. They have such bold and bright illustrations to go with the simple text.

  4. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    A lovely sounding book and who can resist a Panda character. #triedtested

    1. Catherine avatar

      We love pandas and would love to see more of them in picture books 🙂

  5. Shell Louise avatar

    That’s a very cute panda on the front of the book there! We’re very strict on manners here.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Mr Panda is strict on manners too!

  6. BookBairn avatar

    I love Please Mr Panda! And this looks equally as good! Can’t wait to get a copy #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think they’re a great pair of books to have on a toddler’s bookcase 🙂

  7. Acorn Books avatar

    I remember seeing that you’d won this on Twitter! Lovely review, would be perfect for my two #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a gorgeous book, a great story for an Early Years classroom 🙂

  8. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    I love pandas. This looks a great book for little ones #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s great to see a panda in a picture book 🙂

  9. Alice avatar

    Very nice. Books are such a great way to start a conversation with a child about something important. We’ve got all sorts in our collection that arrived through the need to teach something (sharing, not hitting and so on). #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I don’t like it when a book is overly moralistic but when a subject is covered more subtly it can be really effective.

  10. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    Love this, manners are so important but so easily forgot these days, what a great way to teach them. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely story and shows children how to say thank you in a subtle way without being too moralistic.

  11. Tara avatar

    I know some people believe you shouldn’t “teach” manners these days but I personally think they are really important and if you don’t gently help them learn, how will they know? This book sounds brilliant for that. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      I agree, it can really change the way that you interact with somebody if you even just say please and thank you.

  12. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds lovely for introducing the concept of manners and I’m a sucker for a panda! One for the tiny nephews, I think!

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love Pandas too, they tend to get sidelined in favour of other bears!

  13. Debbie Roberts avatar

    Hi Catherine, this book sounds great for teaching children manners without lecturing them. Manners cost nothing but count for a lot. My toes do curl when I see a child given something and don’t hear a thank you.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


    1. Catherine avatar

      I’m a stickler for saying thank you but I don’t think that all parents are. A heartfelt thank you can make all the difference when you have given somebody something 🙂