Mini Picturebook Lesson 9: Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony


  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials to decorate your doughnut: coloured pens and pencils
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

STEP 1: Look at the Cover

LookDoes Mr. Panda look happy? Why? Why not?
CountHow many doughnuts can you see in the box? 
PersonaliseDo you like doughnuts?
CheckWhich colours can you see on the cover? 
PredictWhat do you think Mr. Panda is going to do with the doughnuts? 
PredictWhat kind of voice do you think Mr. Panda has? 
PersonaliseTry saying ‘Would you like a doughnut?’ in a Mr. Panda-Voice. 
PersonaliseWhen do you think people should say ‘please’? 

STEP 2: Listen & Watch

Listen & Watch (A)What animal can you see peeking through a doughnut on the first
page of the book?
 What creatures ask Mr. Panda for a doughnut?
 Who does Mr. Panda give the doughnuts to?
Listen & Watch (B)What was the magic word to have the doughnuts? 
 What does Mr. Panda say at the end of the story? 

STEP 3: Add your Voice

Review & Read AlongWatch again. Change your voice for Mr. Panda and say:
“I have changed my mind.”
Create Design your own doughnut. (see template)
CreateMake a doughnut hat like Mr. Panda’s.
ResearchWhere do pandas live and what do they eat?
Research Why are pandas a protected species? 
SolveFind the way out of the maze. (download) 
Your opinionWhat is the message of this story? 
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.


Decorate a Doughnut Template

Please, Mr. Panda Maze

©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

Please, Mr Panda by Steve Antony, published by Scholastic Press 2014

Video © Steve Antony