Giving Thanks (Jonathan London, Illustrated by Gregory Manchess)

By , September 24, 2007 9:15 pm

Perhaps I should have saved this post for Thanksgiving, but I am so excited about this book that I really had to post it now.

I found this lovely book over the summer when I was away in a place where they actually have stores, unlike here at home. It was either at TJ Max or Tuesday Morning and I bought it (hardcover) for $4.99 (list price is $16.99). Well, you are not going to get this kind of a deal from Amazon, but if you search your local discount stores, perhaps you will be lucky enough to find it for less.

This book is lovely in all respects. The illustrations are gorgeous oil paintings that are completely beautiful unto themselves. For me, often the illustrations are what make the book (as you can tell by the number of children’s books I recommend that are filed under “exceptional illustrations“).

The text of this book is as beautiful as the illustrations. A boy and his father go for a walk through a lovely fall landscape. As is his habit, the father gives thanks to every bit of nature that they encounter: frogs, crickets, tree, mushrooms, sun, etc. The boy explains that “Dad believes that the things of nature are a gift. And that in return, we must give something back. We must give thanks.” At the end of the book, the boy says: “To me it’s a little embarrassing to say thanks to trees and things. But Dad says it becomes a habit; it makes you feel good.” On the very last page the boy finally dares to thank the stars and is treated to a lovely surprise.

Sometimes I find certain books to be wonderfully worthy of praise, yet my children are not as interested. This however, is a book that seems to capture their attention as well as my own.

If my children could simply learn to be thankful for every bit of “nature” that they encounter, then I would feel that my mission on this Earth was not wasted. I am convinced that this simple book can help plant those seeds. Check it out of the library and let me know what you think.

**Paperback is eligible for the 4-for-3 Promotion at Amazon.**

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2 Responses to “Giving Thanks (Jonathan London, Illustrated by Gregory Manchess)”

  1. Jenny says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book, and my library actually has it! I’m going to put it on hold now, so hopefully I’ll have it by the end of the week. I’ll be sure and let you know what we think!

  2. amanda says:

    What a great book. Perfect for this time of year, too.

    We are trying to remember to give thanks before we eat, which is new for us so we forget sometimes. This will be a good book to help us remember.

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