Celebrate gratitude and simple ways of brightening others' days with this sweet, brightly illustrated story about a girl's letters. . . . and her town's overwhelming response.
After a wonderful party, birthday girl Grace sits down to thank her friends and family for all their kind gifts. But she doesn't stop there-- as she writes, Grace realizes there are so many things to be grateful for! So she thanks her teacher for helping her learn to write. She thanks her dog for his cheerful wagging tail. She even thanks the sky for being perfectly, beautifully blue. The Thank You Letter
is perfect for starting conversations about gratitutde-- both for tangible gifts and for the little things we don't always stop to appreciate. The sweet story encourages young readers to focus on positivity and share it-- to write letters of their own to family, friends, and loved ones and share their joys.
For everyone who wants to encourage children to write thank you notes for gifts, and for everyone searching for new ways to connect with distant loved ones, The Thank You Letter
is a perfect model for expressing gratitude-- and showcases the joyful response a simple gesture can create.
When Grace returns home after delivering her notes, she finds a wealth of affection--cards, letters, and notes from her neighbors and friends, expressing their love for Grace and appreciation for her letters. A beautifully illustrated gatefold page shows how deeply her letters have touched the hearts of everyone around them, and
Beloved storyteller and illustrator Jane Cabrera's vivid and textured acrylic paintings are filled with joyful cuteness and warmth. Collage elements, including patterns from the inside of envelopes, smartly add to the epistolary theme. This delightful celebration of mindful thankfulness and community togetherness is perfect for curling up in a cozy spot and sharing one-on-one.
Jane Cabrera is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for young children, including Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
; and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
She is best known for her exuberant versions of classic nursery rhymes and her bright, kid-friendly paint and collage illustrations. Publishers Weekly has said "her style exudes the joy of creation." She lives beside Dartmoor National Park in South Devon, England.
"the animated art style, with deeply textured acrylic colors in invitingly warm colors and cheery scrapbook paper collage, buoys the effort. . . . who can't use a gentle nudge to remember manners?"—Kirkus Reviews
"Cabrera mixes Grace’s own childlike handwriting and drawings with the book’s sweetly simple illustrations to charming effect. . . . This cute, over-the-top story would make a great segue into lessons on letter writing or good manners."—Booklist
"This beautifully illustrated picture book for young children is a great lesson in communicating appreciation and gratitude. The illustrations, created with acrylic paint and collage, predominantly display Grace’s handwritten notes on notebook paper surrounded by the objects and people of Grace’s affection. The bold use of color is alluring and the overall feel of the book is one of great joy. The text is descriptive and uncomplicated and the story moves at an energetic pace that will keep young readers engaged until the very end. A love story about kindness and gratitude that serves as a good reminder for the young and the young-at-heart."—School Library Journal