Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 218

Picture Book: Thank You, God    

Author: J. Bradley Wigger

Illustrator: Jago

Summary: For the privilege of waking up each morning with the warmth of the sun to the blessings of the night, this beautiful picture book celebrates so many of the big things that God gives us that make life precious and joyful. A diverse group of characters celebrate the wonder of creation and relationship and their gratitude for God’s great generosity.

Hanna’s Comments: This beautiful picture book offers yet another opportunity for you to engage with your audience, whether they are family of birth, choice, or faith, in some direct thanksgiving to God. Gratitude, if taken seriously as a spiritual practice, can transform any community into more loving, satisfied people. This is the week we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the USA so I've recently offered and will continue to feature many books about gratitude here on PBT. 

Publisher & Date of Publication: Eerdman’s Books, 2014

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

# of Pages: 26

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Fresh off the Press, God Book

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abundance/bounty, animals, attentiveness/observation/seeing, awe, beauty, blessings, celebration/party, creation, diversity, gladness/happiness, God’s care/providence, God’s nature, gratitude/thankfulness/thanksgiving, joy, life, manna, moon/space/stars/sun, prayer, satisfaction, variety, vision, wisdom, worship  

Scripture Connections:  This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24); Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:1); whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through Him (Colossians 3:17)

Idea(s) for Application: Read this to an intergenerational group at your religious community’s family retreat. Consider having each family create their own thanksgiving picture book.

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