The Passkeys Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Mr. Russell T. Williams. The foundation promotes character education through its many programs and products.
Members of The Old Schoolhouse Crew received titles to review from Passkeys' Good News Express series, which is aimed at preschoolers.
I received Thanks, But No Thanks written by Tony Salerno and illustrated by Tim Davis. This is the story of Finney the bear, who doesn't see the point in saying thank you to others. After a series of unfortunate events, along with the help of a friend, the little bear finally learns the value of showing your thankfulness.
The colorful illustrations of the cute, furry animal characters were appealing to my preschoolers, as were the catchy tunes on the accompanying CD, which includes an audio version of the story and a few songs. The storyline held my children's attention for the most part. The writing contained quite a bit of dialogue between characters, which doesn't always make for a riveting read-aloud for the preschool set. However, I think that this story could serve as a fun reminder for little ones to say thank you to others.
The hardback book and accompanying CD retail for $7.95.
The Passkeys Foundation offers many more character education products, which you can view at their website.
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