Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
Stunning, diorama illustrations bring to life this lullaby of a picture book about celebrating everyday things that make life wonderful.
I am thankful for a home where I am safe and warm.
Thankful for parents who read me stories and comb my hair gently, gently.
Who whisper the same poem every night when they tuck me in.
When the first snow falls, a little girl writes down the things she’s thankful for on strips of paper and links them together. As one idea leads to another, her chain grows longer. There’s so much good in her life: a friend, things that are warm, things that are cold, color, things that can be fixed. This beautiful story is a much-needed reminder to observe and honor life’s small joys.
About: Thankful is a children’s picture book written by Elaine Vickers and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill. It will be published on 9/7/2021 by Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, paperback, 48 pages. The genres are holidays/festivals, children’s fiction, and picture book. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8, grades P to 3. According to the publisher’s website, “Paula Wiseman Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing that, since 2003, has published many award-winning and bestselling books, including picture books, novelty books, and fiction and nonfiction. The imprint focuses on stories and art that are childlike, timeless, innovative, and represent many cultures and varied voices.” Please see below for more info about the author, illustrator, and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Thankful for my daughter as a bedtime story on 7/18/2021 and we finished it that same night. We read it again on 7/21/2021. A great book to remind readers to be thankful for what they have. Loved the long list of things to be grateful for. Started out with what’s in her room, then outside with friends and bicycles, at school with friends & teachers, bookstores with stories that takes her to wonderful places, in the living room with warm socks & blankets, things that comfort her when she’s sick, stop signs & seat belts to keep her safe, and so many more! The illustrations were really cool. It’s like paper cut outs. My daughter loved the hot air balloons the best! It looked like paper weaving. The colors were beautiful!
This book followed a girl as she informed readers about her family making thankful chains every year. She said it’s hard to pick out all of the things to be thankful for so she started with what’s in her own room. She’s thankful for having a home where she’s safe and warm, where her parents read her bedtime stories and whispered to her a favorite poem. She’s thankful for one of her wishes that came true which was to have a dog. She’s thankful for having a friend who waited for her at recess and a teacher who knew when she tried her best. She’s thankful for a lot more that it’s bound to match with at least one of what readers have in mind.
Thankful was well written and beautifully illustrated. The colors of autumn is so peaceful. I have seen these chains in the past but I didn’t know it was called thankful chains. The girl in the story wrote her thanks in each link. I had my 9 year old read this book too so he would learn about thankful chains and be reminded to be happy for what he has. Love the colorful chains and they do make great decorations! Many learning opportunities reading this book for a 2 year-old, at least now my daughter learned what hot air balloons looked like! She didn’t want to put this book away so I think we will be reading it every night for awhile. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Elaine Vickers is the author of the middle grade novels Like Magic and Paper Chains, which have received starred reviews, Whitney Award nominations, Mighty Girl’s Book of the Year picks, PJ Library licenses, and sold translations in four languages. She is also the author of the forthcoming YA novel, Fadeaway, and picture book, Thankful. In her non-writing life, Elaine teaches college chemistry. She lives with her family in Utah. (Photo and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).
Samantha Cotterill has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including the Little Senses series. The Wall Street Journal praised her “fabulously fun artwork” in Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! by Lisa Mantchev and called it an “exuberant picture book.” She also illustrated Just Add Glitter by Angela DiTerlizzi, which The New York Times called “a sparkle of genius.” Samantha lives with her family in upstate New York. Learn more at SamanthaCotterill.com (Photo and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.