Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 47

Picture Book: Thank You, God, For Everything

Author: August Gold

Illustrator: Wendy Anderson Halperin

Summary: Young Daisy sees her parents thanking God for various things so she decides to try it herself. As Daisy considers what she should be thankful for, her gratitude journey quickly becomes very meaningful, moving from concrete objects & people to abstract ideas, eventually encompassing everything.

Hanna’s Comments: The author, a renowned spiritual director of Sacred Center New York, offers some wise advice in the Forward for introducing spiritual gratitude to young children. This illustrator is one of my favorites. Because of the multiple images in each double-page spread, you may want several copies of the book so that your children can view the multiplicity of images and offer their own ideas. 

Publisher & Date of Publication: Putnam, 2009 

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up 

# of Pages: 32 

Available in Spanish? Not at present 

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: God Book, Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abundance/bounty, attentiveness/observation/seeing, awe, beauty, blessings, celebration/party, creation, creativity/imagination/ingenuity, diversity, gladness/happiness, God’s care/providence, God’s nature, gratitude/thankfulness/thanksgiving, joy, life, manna, pleasing God/the Shema, possessions, prayer, renewal/restoration, response to God, satisfaction, variety, vision, wisdom, worship

Scripture Connections: The Shema/love the Lord your God with all your heart… (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), giving thanks to God (Psalm 7:17, 107:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Idea(s) for Application: incorporate in a lesson on prayers of gratitude to God

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