Just this morning I penned gift number 4,013 into my gratitude journal where, for four years, I have been recording everyday blessings: candle light before dawn; everyone home for dinner; first apple pie from our very own tree. Eileen Spinelli has created a rhyming picture book that will set readers onto the path of remembering all the reasons we have to be Thankful. With Archie Preston’s water-color images of a family playing dress up, enjoying the outdoors, and doing life together, Thankful celebrates, in rhymed couplets, a spirit of gratitude from the perspective of various professions:
“The waitress is thankful for comfortable shoes.
The local reporter, for interesting news.
The gardener’s thankful for every green sprout.
The fireman, for putting the fire out.”
Parents will enjoy introducing their children to the critical truth that every position in life — a desk in the third grade; a spot on the soccer travel team; a chair in the school band — provides a vantage point from which to view the world and to give thanks.
And why not follow up with a family art project in which everyone makes up a short rhyme about thankfulness and then draws a picture to match? Design a cover incorporating your family’s name, staple them all together, and make a family book of thankfulness to put on display along with Spinelli’s Thankful, a visual reminder of why we celebrate that terrific November holiday.
Maybe it’s not only the children who need this lovely fall-themed story book. Standing on the small square of floor board that my feet occupy when I work at the kitchen sink, I have a choice to make every day: I can bemoan the piles of dishes and the streaked pane of window glass before my eyes — or I can lift my heart in gratitude for family meal time, for the vivid autumn scene just outside my kitchen window, for hot running water and plentiful food, all evidence of grace, all reasons to be thankful.
This book was provided by ZonderKidz, a trademark of Zondervan, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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