From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—This homage to and entreaty for thankfulness introduces Daisy, who is inspired by her parents' example and tries to think of things she, too, can be thankful for. In her preface, Gold informs readers that she ministers to adults who find a similar thankfulness exercise to be a spiritual benefit. Young children, however, are concrete thinkers who can only be thankful for tangible things and are moved most by stories they can relate to; Daisy's list of watered-down and abstract gifts—her loved ones, God's creation, diversity, and His unending presence—don't move beyond the page into personal experience. Halperin uses pencil and oil on canvas to illustrate the child's thought process, and while the pictures are interesting to look at, her challenge—to draw a concept—often proves too great. Thankful to God for the "breath of life," Daisy sits beneath a mural of noses, beaks, and snouts, as Halperin attempts some connection between the two "breaths." The attractive package can't overcome this effort's inherent weaknesses.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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*Starred Review* In her introduction, Gold, the spiritual director of Sacred Center New York, notes that the happiest people see everything in their lives—both the good and the bad—as reasons to be thankful. Her goal here is to “show young readers how to develop their own thankful eyes.” Both she and artist Halperin do that beautifully in this story of a young girl who mulls over what to be thankful for. Her mother tells her to look around, and when she does, Daisy sees a world of wonderment. In her signature softly colored style, which often incorporates many scenes into a two-page spread, Halperin takes everyday doings and elevates them. Daisy thanks God for all she gets to do: read a book, play the piano, and hug her grandmother. She is thankful for the people she meets and the animals that inhabit her world. Each grouping of pictures shows the world’s diversity. In a particularly effective spread, she thanks God for the breath of life, and the many square close-ups show noses, beaks, and trunks. A more solitary spread pictures Daisy alone with a large candle, thanking God for being her friend when she is sad or scared. By the book’s conclusion Daisy has found she can be thankful for . . . everything. And young readers will be ready to find their own answers. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper