Super Heroes Say Please
Given that superheroes began as examples of those who could bring justice, it’s fun to see the Super Friends versions used for moral instruction. Super Heroes Say Please by Morris Katz is a 20-page board book for ages 0-3 about manners.
Uncredited clip art shows classically illustrated heroes being polite and kind. They introduce themselves, shake hands, say please when they need help, take turns, share, and compliment each other.
It was odd for me to notice just how many different characters were used, starting with Supergirl and Mary (Marvel, although she doesn’t say that part, obviously). There’s plenty of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, of course, but there’s also an oddly cropped panel with Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, an unnamed Snapper Carr, Flash’s arm, and a piece of cake. (I think the art is by Mike Sekowsky.) Other characters that show up once include Captain Marvel, Aquaman, Cyborg, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, and Firestorm. (They’re all media-friendly, if you consider the Legends of Tomorrow TV show.)
Super Heroes Say Please is a cute idea. It’s a retro, silly, amusing way for adults to introduce ideas about considering others to kids. Here are some sample spreads that give an idea of the content. (The publisher provided a review copy.)
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