Gracias / Thanks

by Pat Mora and John Parra

A young boy’s account of things for which he is thankful over the course of... read more

A young boy’s account of things for which he is thankful over the course of a single day is refreshingly child-centered in this bilingual (Spanish/English) picture book. The boy is thankful to the sun that wakes him “so I don’t sleep for years and years and grow a long white beard.” The ladybug that lands on his finger is a “little red flying surprise.” When his little brother throws mashed peas at his sister, the boy laughs so hard he falls off his chair. He’s thankful for all these moments and more in Pat Mora’s engaging narrative, which can be enjoyed and easily extended in a family or classroom setting. John Parra’s distinctive illustrations have a folk-art look and depict the child as biracial, with a white mother and Latino dad. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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