Thursday, November 1, 2007

My Thanksgiving Prayer

It's time to celebrate Thanksgiving again, time to remember all the things we should be grateful for. We, as adults, have had the opportunity to celebrate the season many times. Our little ones haven’t. Each Thanksgiving is a new experience for them.
Make this Thanksgiving special for your very little ones by sharing this book with them: My Thanksgiving Prayer, written by Crystal Bowman and illustrated by Claudine Gevry. It is a Thanksgiving prayer from a child’s perspective. Written in rhyme, the verses give thanks for things children think about and can appreciate: food, family, and nature. The text is short and simple, with words and images children can understand and relate to.
Here’s a sample:
Thank you, God, for birds that sing
and mountains standing tall.
For rivers, trees, and bumblebees –
Lord, you have made them all.

The illustrations in this book are painted with bright, bold colors and project a very child-like quality. Every double-paged spread, except one, contains a single picture. The other two pages contain three pictures that are painted to look like photographs. The book itself is a boardbook, cut roughly into the shape of a cornucopia.
What I Like: Everything. The shape of the book captures your attention since, as mentioned, it is shaped like a cornucopia. The bright illustrations, with a decidedly orange theme, are cute and heart-warming. With only two sentences on each page, youngsters won’t need a long attention span to enjoy this book. And the fact that it's a boardbook will make it easier for little ones to turn the pages by themselves. This is a great book to introduce your youngsters to all the things we have to be thankful for.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 4 and under.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2007; ISBN: 0310711622; Boardbook, $6.99.
Buy now at $5.49.
Special Info: Visit the illustrator’s website.

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