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How quickly we take our blessings for granted!  Every little happiness we receive from God should inspire us to be grateful and mindful of others who don't have as much. 

Thankfulness has to be one of the more difficult virtues to cultivate in young children.  I chose to review Eileen Spinelli's Thankful book because the coming season is a time where we're slowing down and counting our blessings. 

Thankful is a prose-y poem meant to be read slowly and savoured with the accompanying illustrations on each two-line page.  You'll find as you go along that simple, usual things can inspire gratitude.

Archie Preston's artwork will make this the sort of book you'll want to display on top of your bookshelf during the fall season for children to "discover." I think the style is very much like Quentin Blake's.  You'll enjoy how the pictures and the words compliment one another.

It's a nice sized hardback with glossy pages and a good quality.  There aren't very many pages, making this a suitable bedtime book for younger children up through about age eight.

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Thanks for sharing that. I'll have to order one. Thankfulness is a trait that we are always trying to cultivate in our kids. Especially as it relates to family because of our foster care work.

  2. I'll have to pass on this one, I've already bought a half dozen hardcover books for my great nephew for his birthday and Christmas gifts.

  3. Gratitude and awe...two things that lead to happiness! I had a friend who had a jar. Everyday she filled the jar with one thing she was grateful for. When she was down, she would open the jar and be reminded. She is a powerful woman, plain as day, but very loved.

  4. Thanks for reading my review! It is a lot of fun for me to have an "assignment" and when I'm done I browse other people's reviews to see what they said. It's always fun to see what I missed or (to be honest) how similar many of our reviews wind up to be - perhaps many readers are looking for the same things.

  5. Sounds like a good one! Thankfulness makes us happier!

    I just saw your comment saying you're planning to be at the Iowa Open! I am so excited to hear! Will be looking forward to meeting you! You will have to introduce yourself, as I don't think I've seen enough photos of you to pick you out in a crowd. Are all your children coming? I might be able to recognize some of them. The Marriott in Coralville is a very beautiful tournament location!

  6. I need to learn to be more thankful I think! The book sounds good.

  7. I love your blog and have been reading for about 4 years. We just found out one of our daughters has ocd, possibly adhd, and asd. I have read all of your posts on autism over the past 3 days. Could you possibly do a post about books, websites, support groups, anything that you think is helpful. I searched for a way to email you, but couldn't find it, I am sorry to post this in your comments but feel desperate for any help or advice. Thank you. Karen

    1. I know this is not the comprehensive directory you were hoping for, but it's a start! All the best to you! :)


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