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Thanks a Million Hardcover – February 28, 2006
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4–Sixteen thoughtful poems about being thankful for everyday things. Grimes uses a variety of forms that include haiku, a riddle, and a rebus in selections that speak directly to the experiences of young children. In Lunch Box Love Notes, a big sister sometimes resents having to watch out for her baby brother, but a note left in her lunch box by her mother thanking her for taking such good care of Ray makes it worthwhile. Dear Teacher closes, Signed, David/who only hates math/½ as much/as he used to. A Lesson from the Deaf simply and eloquently describes saying thank you in sign language. Cabreras acrylic illustrations are distinctive, folksy, and effective. The art for Mystery is particularly effective, showcasing 42 children of different ethnicities in small, rectangular portraits. A lovely book for reflection and discussion.–Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Gr. 1-3. Grimes' latest thematic poetry collection lends the "attitude of gratitude" relevance beyond Thanksgiving Day. The 16 entries encompass many modes of expressing appreciation, including letters, thoughtful gestures, even sign language, and run the gamut of emotional tones; in the bittersweet "Shelter," a homeless child acknowledges longings ("I wish I had a room / that I was forced to clean") while counting blessings ("At least, I'm not alone"). Less effective than Grimes' narrative-style poems are several that tackle gratitude as a concept, which leads to vague sentimentality: "'Thank you' is the seed I plant in the garden of your heart." Richly textured but occasionally muddy, Cabrera's acrylic paintings shine brightest in the most lighthearted selections, where her sunlit palette conveys the warm feelings and burnishes the skin tones of the many characters of color. Children struggling to articulate gratitude will find numerous ways to draw upon this--some may memorize or copy out favorite poems to pass along, while others will be inspired to pen their own tender words. Jennifer Mattson
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