Gracias / Thanks


Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora, illustrated by John Parra

In this bilingual book, a boy tells the readers everything he is thankful for as he goes through his day.  He starts his day by being thankful for the sun that wakes him up.  He is thankful for things in nature, people in his life, music and food.  At the end of his day, he is thankful for his soft pajamas and the crickets in the garden.  This book is thoughtful and joyous look at life and everything small and large that we have to be thankful for.

There is a thoughtfulness in Mora’s writing that shows the depth of the gratitude for each item mentioned.  I particularly appreciate the fact that nothing the boy is thankful for takes money to achieve.  We can all be thankful for these passing moments in our lives, making this a universal book.  Parra’s illustrations done in acrylic have a timeless and rustic feel, often showing signs of wear on the paint that add to the vintage quality.  The young boy is multiracial adding another layer of depth to the story.

Highly recommended, this book could be used in classrooms to lead gratitude exercises.  It also makes a great conversation starter for families about what is most important, even the smallest things.  At the same time, for younger children it is a wonderful quiet book about a boy’s day and its details.  Appropriate for ages 3-6.

Reviewed from copy received from publisher.

Also reviewed by HappyNappyBookseller, Latin Baby Book Club, A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy, and featured on 7-Imp.

The Borrowers – Anime Style

Studio Ghibli, the animation studio behind Ponyo, has announced that their next project will be an adaptation of The Borrowers.  The story will be reworked from 1950s England to a modern Japanese setting.  It will also be renamed The Borrower Arrietty after the character of the Borrower daughter.  It is to be released in Japan in the summer of 2010.


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