Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Non-fiction (gratitude)
What did you like about the book? This sweet and gentle book provides many different things children can be thankful for to keep a positive mindset. The author asked his children what they were thankful for. The book is separated by time of day, and includes being thankful for physical things, things and people that help others, and that you can find gratitude in helping others, not just thinking about yourself. The illustrations are very simple, mainly one color pages with a black or white silhouette of the subject. It really allows the message to shine through. Although, “prayers” are mentioned in the title, this is a non-religious book (the only thing spiritual mentioned is angels), so it is a wonderful book of lessons for everyone.
Anything you didn’t like about it? (Zoe): While I do understand that the messages were taken from the author’s children’s own words, using phrases like “Mommy and Daddy” can isolate children who have 2 moms/2 dads, or single parents.
To whom would you recommend this book? In a world of negatives, this is a wonderful book that can be read to school children to meditate on the beautiful things in life. Also, a great addition or fill-in for Thanksgiving and lessons of what you are “thankful” for.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school, public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books, possibly non-fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Zoe and Lindsey Hughes, Marstons Mills Public Library, Marstons Mills, MA
Date of review: 8/7/19