We Give Thanks by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier


We Give Thanks by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. Beach Lane Books, 2021. 9781442465077

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? A rabbit and a frog roam the (Italian?) countryside noticing the many things they are thankful for. They encounter other animals while at a painting class, picking apples and enjoying nature. Each page spread is a charming scene showing the food, friends and love they observe. A big feast where all the animals eat together finishes the story: “Bless our nights and bless our days/and bless all those we meet./We give thanks for everything,/and now…it’s time to EAT!”

The rhyming text is playful and and rhythmic, and Ruzzier’s lovely pen & ink and watercolor illustrations provide an utterly charming Mediterranean backdrop. The warm pastel colors make the pages glow with a friendly light. This is a perfect read for “thankful” themed units or story times, and I like that it doesn’t mention any particular holiday.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For ages 2-6.

Who should buy this book? Day care centers and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 1, 2021

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