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My book of thanks
Hennessy, B. G. (Barbara G.)
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A gentle prayer expressing thanks - and asking for help in passing life's blessings along. A perfect thank-you gift!

Dear God . . .
Thank you
for my friends.
Help me to comfort
those who are lonely.

What does it mean to be grateful and kind? Here is a picture book that offers a definition using the best teacher of all: example. With clear, direct language and sunny, exultant illustrations, My Book of Thanks is a universal prayer that shows even the youngest of children they have much to be thankful for - and much to share. Featuring a beautiful new cover design and an unjacketed hardcover format, MY BOOK OF THANKS is the perfect gift for little ones, at Thanksgiving time or anytime.

Author Notes

B. G. Hennessy believes a good prayer begins with "Dear God, thank you" and ends with "Please God, help me." MY BOOK OF THANKS encourages children to recognize and appreciate the blessings in their own lives and to discover how the value of those blessings increases when they are shared.

Hiroe Nakata was born and grew up in Japan, where her grandfather encouraged her to draw. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, she now enjoys illustrating children's books

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS. In this prayer book for young children, each prayer of thanks is balanced by a petition for help: "Thank you for me!" is followed by "Help me grow strong in body, mind, and spirit." Some prayers are about others ("Thank you for my friends. Help me to comfort those who are lonely."), and others are about one's self. The clean design features prayers on one side on white paper, with bright watercolors on the facing page showing children in a variety of settings. The tone throughout, in both the words and the pictures, is gentle and joyous, and the simple, one-line prayers match the age group perfectly. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This charming book of prayer and thanksgiving begins with the words "Dear God." Each verso has only two sentences: a "Thank you-" for an acknowledged blessing and a "Help me-" that is a request for assistance in being a good person. Topics include family, friends, playtime, the Earth, and the future. Lighthearted, colorful pictures appear on the right, and both text and art are surrounded by a crisp, white backdrop. The joy-filled watercolor vignettes depict an array of people illustrating the themes. For example, the painting that elucidates "Thank you for good things to eat. Help me remember those who are hungry," shows a child and adult sharing their box of popcorn with a flock of birds. Expressing gratitude for good fortune and the desire for continued selfless behavior is pleasantly demonstrated in this volume.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.