Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 217

Picture Book: Gracias Thanks

Author: Pat Mora

Illustrator: John Parra

Summary: This book is comprised of a series of bilingual thanksgiving sentences from a young boy. The sources of his gratitude range from the warmth of the sun to the color of a ladybug, from money given him by his Abuelita (grandmother) to his uncle’s guitar music, from warm chocolate syrup on ice cream to his old pajamas.

Hanna’s Comments: Bilingual texts like this one are scarce, but they are becoming more available as publisher realize the growing need. Don’t limit use of this book to just those contexts where Spanish speakers are present. Present both languages as you read, which will divulge both the beauty of languages and your gratitude for diversity. If you don’t speak Spanish, find a volunteer to read those sentences for you as you present this book to a group of children in your religious community. Encourage your children in their first language, to add to this listing of thanksgivings.   Fortunately, gratitude and God’s gifts of language have no boundaries!

Publisher & Date of Publication: Lee & Low Books, 2009

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 5 and up, K and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? This is a bilingual picture book with both Spanish and English sentences on each double page spread.

Formats other than Book: Audio CD

PBT Category: Award Winner, Post 2K

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

Scripture Connections: I love the place where Your glory abides. (Psalm 26:8); Oh give thanks to the Lord (Psalm 107:1); give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Idea(s) for Application: Consider teaching your children many translations of “thanks” after you read this text and then celebrating God’s gift of language diversity, goodness, providence, and generosity.

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