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PreSchool-Grade 4-This gentle song is sung by Art Garfunkel on an accompanying CD. It is a celebration of the beauty of the seasons, the wonder of nature, and the meaning of faith. Hakkarainen's soft-focused, luminous illustrations grace each page. Some of the words and ideas are challenging for a young audience; for example, "In a world that can bring pain,/I will still take each chance-/For I believe that whatever the terrain/Our feet can learn to dance." The concept of faith is stressed here, with the reference to believing "in a hand you cannot see." Nevertheless, go ahead, learn the song, and by all means, sing it from the heart.
Sandra Kitain, Abrams Hebrew Academy, Yardley, PA
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About the Author

John Bucchino is a composer and lyricist whose songs have been performed and recorded by a wide variety of artists. He has written songs for the Dreamworks animated film Joseph, King of Dreams, and the musicals Urban Myths and 3HREE, and has received some of America's most prestigious songwriting awards. He has also released two CDs, Grateful: The Songs of John Bucchino and Solitude Lessons. For more information, please visit JohnBucchino.com.

Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen is the illustrator of several picture books published in Finland, where she lives. She is the recipient of the Finlandia Junior Award and the Finnish Picture Book Award, as well as the Award of Excellence from the Biennale of European Illustration. Her paintings are exhibited in Europe and Japan.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Julie Andrews Collection
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; HAR/COM edition (September 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006051633X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060516338
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Anna-Lisa Hakkarainen's paintings are captivating, Art Garfunkel's wonderful, warm voice is perfect for the song (included on CD), but John Bucchino's music and lyrics transcend all. Grateful is at once tender and powerful. It is a celebration of life�s blessings, and speaks to the comfort and safety of love and faith. The beautiful lyrics are thought provoking for all ages, and will inspire young and old alike.
Sing it in gratitude from the heart, in your place of worship, at your child's bedside, or in the car with the windows down.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Manly VINE VOICE on November 20, 2004
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Although labeled for the three and up age range, my experience suggests this book will appeal more to parents and caregivers than to toddlers.

LYRICS: The lyrics repeatedly use words such as "duly" (as in "duly grateful") -- a contrived phrase which appears repeatedly, apparently because it rhymes with "truly grateful."

CONCEPTS: The ideas--gratitude and choices--are important, and do come across, but not to the age group targeted. Too often, the author tells us, rather than shows us.

Some of the book's concepts are simply inappropriate in terms of developmental level for little ones. For example, "There may be times when I lose the light, and let my spirits sink. But I can't stay depressed When I remember how I'm blessed." Three and four year olds talk and think in terms that are both literal as well as much simpler--glad, sad, mad, etc.

For these reasons, and especially for younger children, you may find it helpful to paraphrase the concepts on each page, using language and examples your little person will understand and relate to.

ILLUSTRATIONS. These are excellent. More than the lyrics, they convey the concepts on each page. Very gentle in their impact on the reader.

SONG. As an Art Garfunkel fan, I didn't find his rendition as inspiring as I'd hoped. It's on a short CD, a single track, less than 5 minutes in length. Finally, the tune isn't particularly catchy and it isn't easy to learn.

LYRICS & MUSIC. On the plus side, both the lyrics and music are included at the end of the book, along with the CD in its endcover envelope.

OVERALL: This is a book most suitable for a thoughtful six year old and a caring parent or grandparent to share and discuss.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pigot on November 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After all the packaging, the song is still the thing - and Bucchino's "Grateful" is one of the all time wonderful songs, and a tragedy that it is not more widely known.
However, the packaging is also wonderful here - sensitive illustrations, and Art Garfunkel (still sounding as good as he did 35 years ago!!!!) really "given the treatment" in a gorgeous full orchestration by Don Sebesky.
Highly recommended...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on January 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book really says in a very few words all we need to know about living a full, rich, peaceful, serene life.
The illustrations actually filled my heart with those same feelings, eliciting quite a response physically and heartfully.
Add the included CD and it is no longer a question, adding this book to your library is a necessity.
In fact, it would make a good coffee table book.....
The simple text acknowledges that the world is not perfect... it is blemished, and it is up to us to choose whether to "moan or sing" and whether to "count sheep or our blessings".
This will be one I will collect several copies to give away and keep around my house.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Haven 12 on November 2, 2003
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I recently got to see and hear the story about this wonderful book from the author.He sang the song and accompanied himself on the piano, it was thrilling to hear the depth of feeling in this beautiful song. This book should be a holiday classic and be treated as a gift to all who read and hear it. The illustrations are beautiful and can be enjoyed by all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By life-long learner on July 9, 2013
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This book includes the music score and a CD of the song, sung by Art Garfunkle. The book is as wonderful for adults as for children, maybe even more so. While not a prayer, it does invite the reader/hearer to remember everything in life for which we owe thanks. It is a book I come back to again and again without tiring of it, and have the song on my ipod (a good listen on the way home in the car after a hard day!)The illustrations are simple but beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lydia Stark on March 31, 2007
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I was so touched by this book and the CD that I ordered copies for close friends and relatives to give at Christmas. This book expresses my gratefulness so well and I wanted to give this to others. I have received many grateful comments back. A sweet book and an inspiration to look at what one has and not what one has not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Stull on January 6, 2009
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My mother gave me this book a few years ago. I loved the message of the book so much I have since given a copy to a childhood friend for a birthday present and more recently a gift for my daughters preschool teacher. I intend to buy more copies to give to people who my family and I are most grateful for.
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