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'[Illustrator Amy June] Bates's wispy lined pencil-and-watercolor illustrations exude a warmth that is sure to be especially welcome on chilly autumn days, and a joyful spirit appreciated any time of year.' -- PW Religion Bookline from Publishers Week <br><br> (PW Religion Bookline from Publishers Week)

'Exuberant watercolor illustrations in glowing, autumnal hues are the most striking feature of this Christian interpretation of the Thanksgiving holiday. In her double-page spread illustrations, Bates creates a winning personality for the narrator of the story, an unnamed little boy with a big smile. He greets his arriving relatives, plays outside in the leaves with his cousins and enjoys a traditional turkey dinner with pumpkin pie. The boy is followed everywhere by his friendly golden retriever, whose coloring blends in with the fall palette, and Bates adds comical touches such as a close-up view of the child during the dinner with black olives stuck on each finger....The religious aspect of the text includes a prayer before dinner and a repeated refrain, based on a phrase from a Psalm, expressing thanks to God. Adults who prefer a Christian focus for a Thanksgiving story will find this volume useful.' -- Kirkus Reviews <br><br> (Kirkus Reviews)

Noted picture-book scribe Wilson again teams with Bates---the pair also created I Will Rejoice: Celebrating Psalm 118---for a follow-up project that spotlights a biblical psalm. This time around, Wilson ties in references to the titular refrain from Psalm 92 with an account of a family's Thanksgiving Day celebration. In rhyming text, a child recounts all the sounds, sights and smells of the November holiday, citing the joys of family, food and fun. Playing in piles of leaves, warming up with apple cider and settling on the couch post-feast with a full belly are among the experiences for which the child expresses thanks to God. Bates's wispy lined pencil-and-watercolor illustrations exude a warmth that is sure to be especially welcome on chilly autumn days, and a joyful spirit appreciated any time of year. Ages 4-8. -- Publishers Weekly <br><br> (Publishers Weekly)

'In rhyming stanzas, this cheerful picture book, told from a young boy's perspective, celebrates family, faith, and the idea that there's much to be thankful for. From the family members and friends who visit to playing in fall leaves to enjoying pumpkin pie, a boy relates and appreciates every aspect of his Thanksgiving Day experience. At last it's time for goodbyes, a good-night kiss, and prayers: 'It is good, so good to give thanks to the LORD.' The verse is sweet and earnest, describing lively moments as well as serene ones, such as saying mealtime grace, and the expressive watercolor-and-pencil artwork is done in a warm, bright palette. Psalm 92 inspires the book, and the familiar words are referenced at the beginning and end, and also used as a refrain. An affectionate portrayal of a child's appreciation of life.' -- Booklist <br><br> (Booklist) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Karma Wilson's first poem was published at the tender age of six. The poem was ironically titled, "I Don't Wanna Write a Poem!" Growing up, she had no desire to write. But Providence had different plans, and now Karma writes poems for a living when she's not busy being a wife and raising three kids. Karma is the bestselling author of Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More, as well as If I Were a Mouse, Give Thanks to the Lord, and I Will Rejoice.



Amy June Bates has illustrated dozens of children's books, including Pumpkin Cat and the Beryl E. Bean series. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband and their son, Evan.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (July 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310738490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310738497
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My life is a series of lessons and moments that see me to the next lessons and moments. Some moments are sweet, some scary, some a blur gone too fast and forever missed. I write for children because all of these steps started there, in childhood, and that sense of wonder, keen curiosity, and the ability to see things much kinder and more magical than they actually were, fades as time passes and years and experience claim your naivety. For me it is a feeling only rekindled when I am creating books, stories and poetry.

My children, family and friends are a great inspiration to me, and the support of my readers is a tremendous honor. It is always my desire to entertain children and encourage them to think about and explore their world, and the worlds beyond, embrace creativity, and love learning for the duration of their life. Knowledge comes through words, so for me literacy is the foundation of education, and it bears the fruit of intelligent and empathetic citizens of this world and humanity.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CS on December 23, 2008
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At first I was a little disappointed that this book doesn't have the same rhythm as the Bear stories, which I like so much. However I guess that meter is appropiately unique to that series. This is the first book of Wilson's Psalms series that I have purchased, but the others continue to be on my wish list.

First page:
It is good to give thanks to the Lord!

Friends and family here at last.
Hugs and kisses all around
Everybody says "Hello!"
Laughter makes a merry sound.

From the middle of the book:
The house fills up with tempting smells--
turkey, stuffing, yummy pies!
And just when we can't wait much more,
"It's ready!" Mama cries. . . .

The table makes a lovely sight./ The food is good, it tastes just right./I savor every single bite./ I feel so full of love tonight.

Last verse:
I'm so tired I have to yawn/as we all say our sad goodbyes./I climb in bed, whisper prayers,/get a good-night kiss and shut my eyes.// And it's good, so good to give thanks to the Lord.

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord!" is the refrain repeated often in the text, and the picture of the boy with black olives stuck on all his fingers (mentioned in the editorial reviews) is a favorite of mine too. This book is a welcome addition to our Thanksgiving collection - not an easy holiday to find meaningful selections for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on August 22, 2009
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This story frames Psalm 92 around a family's Thanksgiving celebration as seen through the eyes of a little boy. The illustrations are attractive watercolors that contribute to the homey, welcoming feel of the Thanksgiving celebration. You see him thankful for times shared with family and for all of the wonderful food. The text is done in a rhyming fashion. An example:

The day is lovely, cool, and bright.
Our house is filled with noisy cheer.
A perfect day for giving thanks
as we all gather here.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord!

This is a nice enough book, but it's not a must-have. We had previously read the author's book I Will Rejoice which is charming, oh-so-enjoyable, and read very frequently in our household, especially to my three girls, ages 6, 4, and 2. This book, however, is not read nearly as often. It just doesn't have the same rhythm and flow as you read it. It's a nice enough book for a Christian look at Thanksgiving for the preschoooler, just not quite as great as I expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie's Mommy Brain on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Thanksgiving is about, well, giving thanks. When giving thanks it's good to know WHO you are thanking. The children's book Give Thanks to the Lord by Karma Wilson makes it clear that we are thanking God for his blessings.

The book follows a little boy through his family's Thanksgiving celebration. Friends and family members arrive. The children play in the leaves. And eventually they eat their Thanksgiving dinner. After each activity occurs we read the refrain "It's good to give thanks to the Lord."

With cute illustrations and easy to read words, Give Thanks to the Lord is an excellent book to read with your children and remind them who we are thanking this holiday season.
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By T R D on January 20, 2015
Format: Paperback
Give Thanks to the LORD is a new children's picture book celebrating thankfulness (& the Thanksgiving holiday), inspired by Psalm 92.

Although the cover says "celebrating Psalm 92", Give Thanks to the LORD does not cover the full Psalm (more like the first 4 verses, only vaguely covering verses 2-4). It does not have the full text of the Psalm in print, only verse 1.

With that being said, however, the book has a great theme throughout of thanking God for friends, family, weather, nature, food, drinks, fun, and more food.

The illustrations in Give Thanks to the LORD by Amy June Bates are big, warm, and interesting. They have a "sketch" quality to them, as you can see from the cover image.

Give Thanks to the LORD has charming words, large illustrated pages, and a fantastic theme. I think it is a great book to read with young ones.

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Format: Paperback
Beautifully written and illustrated celebration of Psalms 92 for children ages 4-8. It tells children in rhyming verse about how to be thankful not just for material things, but that they also need to thank God for family, friends and fun.

The book I received from ZonderKidz for review is a shiny paper cover book with an adorable illustration, measuring 8.5 x 11 inches. This is a wonderful little book to use at Thanksgiving but I also think it is a great tool to start teaching children at an early age how to be thankful to God for all things. The story is written in rhyme and the illustrations on each page are sure to delight even the youngest child.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
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