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Just So Thankful (Little Critter) Paperback – August 22, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Festival (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006053950X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060539504
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating books for children for more than forty years. His most recognized character, the lovable and charismatic Little Critter®, was born in 1975 in the book Just for You. Mercer's Little Critter has since starred in more than two hundred books, which have sold over one hundred and fifty million copies. Born in Arkansas, Mercer now lives in New England with his family.

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I love Mercer Mayer and i bought this one to add to my collection.
Christin
Wonderful story for small children and great reminder for adults on what's important in life; family to love and friends to care for.
Lisa J. Danenberg
The plot line could be considered trite but overall the story is handled well.
Mathew A. Shember

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By George Buttner VINE VOICE on November 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
In "Just So Thankful," Little Critter is upset when he isn't to get a cool new scooter that he wants --- the Super Streak. He doesn't think it's fair and is rather angry. He sees a new boy moving in with a bunch of toys, and wishes he could have so many.

Sure, this is the typical story about appreciating what you have. But what really sets this one apart is its non-stereo-typical portrayal of a rich kid. Unlike many such stories, where the "rich kid" is either a bully, or stuck-up, or has some other such problem, the one in this story is a genunine nice guy. It's truly pleasing.

This book comes with a set of tear-off cards featuring scenes from the book. The backs say things like "Thanks for helping me!" and "Thanks for making me the happiest critter around!"
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mathew A. Shember VINE VOICE on May 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
My daughter likes these books and of course we had to get this one.

Little Critter is not happy because he can't have the Super Streak scooter. His mother tries to tell him there will be always things he can't have and he should appreciate what he has.

Of course a new kid moves into the biggest house. HH has a super streak! A maid, a cell phone, and just about anything he wants.

Little Critter sees all this when he is invited for a sleep over and thinks HH is the luckiest guy around.

His mother smiles and tells him to invite HH over. HH has a grand time playing with Little Sister, helping with chores, cooking and being quizzed by Little Critters grandparents.

When HH leaves; he tells Little Critter he is the luckiest guy around.

Confused Little Critter figures it out that having a family beats having possessions and no family.

The plot line could be considered trite but overall the story is handled well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Camp on January 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
In this story, Little Critter becomes friends with a new, rich boy named H.H. who moves into the neighborhood. At first Critter is wowed by all his friend's stuff and luxurious home, but then he realizes despite all the stuff H.H, has, his friend is lonely and lacks the support Little Critter has taken for granted. Little Critter comes to be grateful for the love of his family and for the wonderfulness of his life. This is a fantastic message for children to absorb, and our three-year-old son wants us to read this book to him over and over. In fact, this whole series has become our son's favorite, and we routinely spend a half hour or more reading these at night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Becky on January 11, 2013
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Both of my boys (4.5 and 2) love this book. It's a sweet book that talks about being grateful for what you have, especially the important things that lots of kids overlook like having a family and doing things together. This will be one we will pull out every Thanksgiving.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ReaderMeter on November 10, 2007
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We love Little Critter, especially the various holiday tie-in books, but this is not one of them. Perhaps re-packaged to appear to be a Thanksgiving title, this book is about Little Critter meeting a wealthy classmate and grappliing with envy and, ultimately, learning the value of the most important things in life. It's a sweet book with a great story, but I bought it to explore Thanksgiving traditions, and it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving. Indeed, the family featured on the cover is having a summer cook-out.
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I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving. I love the food and the family part, and the being thankful to have food for the family part, but I'm not crazy about the history. The glossy the-Pilgrims-and-Indians-were-friends slant from my elementary school days is just insulting, and the Hey!-Let's-take-your-land-and-give-you-syphillis angle is not any better. So, I've always been hesitant to buy books that center around Thanksgiving.

Thankfully, Just So Thankful is not really about Thanksgiving. It's about being thankful the other 364 days of the year as well as the one set aside to give thanks. And that is how it should be.

I probably don't need to point out just how very adorable the illustrations in this book are, but, just in case, the illustrations in this book are very adorable.
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I appreciate the look inside because some little critter books have less sentences than others so I wanted to make sure this one was appropriate. This one has enough and is a great story about appreciating what you have (family) over having lots of stuff. Mine didn't come with any cards as another review mentions, but my 4 yr old son keeps asking for this one even as we get out of the "new book awe" when he usually loses interest. I think it teaches a very good lesson and that he can relate to the story because he has a piggy bank and thinks he has a lot of money in it and that we can just get things left and right for him, and I love that it ends with Little Critter giving his family a great big hug. Just the right sendoff at bed time.
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By NYC Gal on January 25, 2013
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I love Little Critter books. I can't really comment on the book itself, it's a story about giving thanks - it makes for a good Thanksgiving book for a young reader. The illustrations are the normal Little Critter illustrations, and the story is short. I would recommend if you're a fan of Little Critter; I mean, it's definitely not the ideal Thanksgiving book out there, there's other ones that are better, but like I said, if you're a fan ...

It arrived within a week with Free Super Saving Shipping, and the price was very reasonable.
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More About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

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