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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

ISBN: 97803100008844
Publisher's Synopsis:
 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,
There are everyday blessings,
You don't need to look far,
To know at a glance,
 How special you are."

MrsK's Review:
What does being thankful mean? How do we explain this amazing gift to a child? Or should we be learning this gift from our children?

Every now and then, we should stop... and consider what others might be thankful for. If you are a teacher... a parent... a grandparent, what would you be thankful for? Have you ever wondered what a waitress, or a reporter, or even a traveler might be thankful for?

This is a simple story about a sister and her little brother. Although the poem leads you into the lives of artists, everyday workers, and a few adventurers... the illustrations narrow your attention into the daily life and home of these two children. With every turn of the page, you and your little ones will wonder... Who will the next page be about?

This beautiful book is meant to be shared again, and again, and again. Be playful with each verse. Take these discoveries beyond the pages into your daily "coming and goings." Re-visit this book every November. Then, as the years pass by... let them continue its journey.

Quality craftsmanship perfectly blended between poetic verse and joy-filled illustrations,
Enjoy "falling" into the discovery of thankfulness,

Enjoyable read-aloud... Delightful illustrations... Wonderful discussions!
 Meet the Author:
   As a young child I spent Saturdays at the Sellers Memorial Library in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. It was there that I fell in love with words and decided to become a writer.

My father gave me his old black manual typewriter. The key of Z stuck. Fine. I would not write stories about zebras or zippers. My father made me a desk from orange crates. My mother filled a box with paper. And that's how I began. 

 I looked at the trees outside my window. They were turning red and gold. I heard geese honking across the pond. I thought of how much I loved the changing of the seasons. How much I enjoyed getting ready for each one. Summer: dust the patio furniture. Spring: plant my herb garden. Fall: scour soup pot. Winter: play my Christmas cd's. I thought, too, about how important the arts are in all the seasons of my life. I thought about my playful--but unsuccessful--attempts at juggling. And I put the thoughts into words.

And it was a good day.

When I am not writing poems, stories and books for children you might find me . . .pouring tea. . . trying on hats. . . picking herbs. '. . painting in my dream journal. . . browsing in thrift shops. . . dancing barefoot. . . waiting for the mailman. . . star-watching with my husband . . . curled up with a novel. . . taking a nap on the back porch. Zzzzzzzz. ...

Meet the Illustrator:
Born in the UK, Archie Preston first arrived in the States working as a stuntman in Hollywood. After appearing in many films, tragedy struck when he fell badly during filming. Being unable to continue his dangerous lifestyle, Archie turned to his other great passion in life, illustration.

This is his first published book. "This was a very challenging book," says Archie, "the text was so open to interpretation, but once I found my way in, it became one of my easiest stunts to pull off."

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