Thankful by Eileen SpinelliThankful by Eileen Spinelli


byEileen SpinelliIllustratorArchie Preston

Hardcover | September 1, 2015

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Thankful, by bestselling and award-winning children’s author Eileen Spinelli, combines charming rhymes and whimsical illustrations to convey the importance of being thankful for everyday blessings. Like the gardener thankful for every green sprout, and the fireman, for putting the fire out, readers are encouraged to be thankful for the many blessings they find in their lives. Spinelli exhibits her endearing storytelling with this engaging poem, reminding children how blessed and special they are. Meant to be read aloud, this heartwarming picture book will be a treasured keepsake for parents and children alike.

Eileen Spinelli is a poet and picture book author with a talent for lovable stories that tug at the heart. She is the author of more than forty books for children, including Heat Wave, When You Are Happy, I Know It's Autumn, Thanksgiving at the Tappletons', Sophie's Masterpiece, and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. Ms. Spinelli lives in ...
Title:ThankfulFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.25 × 8 × 0.38 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:ZonderkidzLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310000882

ISBN - 13:9780310000884

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Thanksgiving Thankful is a sweet book on thankfulness. The book has simple statements on what different characters are thankful for (e.g., "The gardener's thankful for every green sprout."). Children who are learning to read could read along, and the rhyme throughout makes it a fun story to read aloud. The whimsical illustrations extend the story - readers can see the story is about a brother and a sister (the gardener and the fireman, etc.) and are very cute. Some take up the entire page, and would be fun to investigate with your child (for instance, find the cat!). While not openly a Thanksgiving book--this could certainly be enjoyed all year--the shades of orange, yellow, red, and brown make it the perfect book to read at Thanksgiving. The only thing I wanted more of was Christian references (but still a sweet book with a good message). There is a nice Bible verse on the dedication page. Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-09-17

Editorial Reviews

Spinelli lists many things for which people are thankful. The pictures tell a pleasing counterpoint to this deceptively simple rhyme. It begins 'The waitress is thankful for comfortable shoes. / The local reporter, for interesting news.' The pictures show a little girl playing waitress to her brother, who playacts the reporter. The news gets interesting when the girl trips over the (omnipresent) cat. As the poem continues, the Caucasian children and their parents embody all the different roles and occupations it mentions. The poet is thankful for rhyme and the artist, for light and color, although the girl dancer is not particularly pleased with her brother's painterly rendition of her visual art. The cozy hotel for the traveler is a tent for the siblings in the backyard, and the grateful chef is their father in the kitchen. Even the pastor (the only character mentioned who is not a family member) is grateful, as he is presented with a posy from the girl, for 'God's loving word.' The line is squiggly and energetic, with pastel color and figures that float over white space or have whole rooms or gardens to roam in. Both children, grateful for morning stories, appear in a double-page spread surrounded by books and stuffed toys as their mother reads to them---an image that begs to be a poster. Low-key and gentle; a book to be thankful for. (Picture book. 4-7)