Giving Thanks by Jonathan London
Illustrated by Gregory Manchess
Genre: Children’s Picture Book – Thanksgiving
Pages: 32 Paperback – 8 5/16 x 9 5/8″
Date Published: August 9th 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Thank you, Mother Earth.
Thank you, Father Sky.
Thank you for this day.
How can a young boy ever show his gratitude for all the beauty he sees? He will learn from his father, who thanks the earth and the sky, the frogs and the crickets, the hawk and the deer, even the trees that wave their arms in the breeze. Majestic as the most beautiful autumn day and filled with glimpses of favorite woodland animals, GIVING THANKS is truly a gift to readers from nature-lover Jonathan London and master painter Gregory Manchess.
This is an absolutely gorgeous book to share in the Thanksgiving/Fall Season, or really any time of the year. A relationship between a father and child (in this case father and son) is a special bond and they are real sponges to what they can soak up and learn in the right environment. The paintings of this picture book are my favorite part, but the story and learning about giving thanks in anything and everything around us is good as well. Definitely one we’ll pull out year after year.
*Thanks to Candlewick Press for providing a copy for review.*
Jonathan London is the author of several celebrated children’s books. His commitment to honoring the wonders of the natural world has been lauded by readers and critics alike. He is the author of more than 70 children’s books, many of which are about nature. He’s also the author of the popular Froggy series. He lives in Graton, California with his wife and two sons.
Gregory Manchess is a self-taught artist whose paintings have been seen in such magazines as NEWSWEEK, TIME, ATLANTIC MONTHLY, READER’S DIGEST, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. He has received gold and silver medals and the coveted Hamilton King Award from the New York Society of Illustrators for NANUK: LORD OF THE ICE by Brian J. Heinz.
About GIVING THANKS, he says, “This story is a timeless expression of the love for nature and understanding our place in the realm of life . . . an understanding that children develop so quickly.”