by Pat Mora, John Parra

Hardcover(Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish)

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There are so many things to be thankful for.

For one young boy, it's

flying ladybugs,

splashing ocean waves,

a best friend,

Dad's thick chocolate syrup,

and much more.

Straight from the heart of a child flows this lighthearted bilingual celebration of family, friendship, and fun. Come share the joy, and think about all the things for which you can say, "¡Gracias! Thanks!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600602580
Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Edition description: Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 257,535
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 Years

About the Author

Pat Mora, poet and author, has written more than thirty children's books. She is a popular national speaker and the founder of the family literacy initiative El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), sponsored by ALA. Mora’s books have won numerous awards and honors, and she is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award and presented the ALA’s 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture. Mora lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her website is

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Gracias/Thanks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Bilingual books are treasures - such an easy way to learn, so much fun, and a bringing together of cultures. Now, when that bilingual book also offers a moral it's tops! An apt description of GRACIAS THANKS. Bold, colorful illustrations by graphic artist John Parra reflect his Hispanic heritage and capture not only the eye but the feeling of the narrative. Parra's pictures set the stage for simply put ideas, related very much as a child would as he or she thinks of all the things that merit appreciation. For instance, "For the sun that wakes me up so I don't sleep for years and years and grow a long white beard. Thanks." Is that not the way a child might express this idea? Or, "For my family, who clapped and clapped even when I tripped on the stage in the school play. Thanks." Kids can certainly relate to that. Most of the observations are lighthearted, such as appreciation for a chocolate sauce called "warm mud" or an uncle's guitar that causes the dogs to howl. Yet the message is very clear - the world is a wonderful place and there is much for which we can be thankful and should express gratitude. In a closing note Pat Mora reminds young readers, "Listing what I'm thankful for always makes me happy." This is a very happy book and highly recommended. - Gail Cooke
crochetbunnii on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I really enjoyed the positive tone of this book and how the boy is gracious for even the small things in his life. The double-page pictures are very intricate and portray the beauty the boy sees in everything around him.Curricular Connections:This book could be part of a bilingual story time. I would really like to present this story with a spanish speaker where both blocks of text could be read to the children.This book could also be an introduction to have kids create a list of things they are thankful for, maybe as part of a Thanksgiving themed library program.
VaterOlsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What are you grateful for? Join a boy as he lists daily things and activities that he is thankful for in this English and Spanish language book.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A small boy is thankful for the many small things that we often take for granted, "For the ladybug that landed on my finger, a little red flying surprise, thanks. ... For my little brother, who threw mashed peas at my sister and made me laugh so hard I fell off my chair, thanks."Each sentence is presented on a double-spread page, with Spanish appearing on one page and English on the next. The illustrations are done in a warm and weathered style, reminiscent of a well-worn, favorite desk or chair. The narrator is of Hispanic descent, his mother appears to be white, friends and schoolchildren are of varying races. All are portrayed with slightly oversized heads, highlighting soft and friendly features. Hispanic influence is prominent throughout the book - Spanish language books on the shelves, a brightly colored tile floor, palm trees, a red-tiled roof. His American side is apparent in the US dollar received from Abuelita, his baseball gear and posters, his English language homework, and sadly (humorously?) the garden gnome in the yard. A cheery and light-hearted book of gratitude. Perfect for storytime and as a gentle reminder that we all have much to be thankful for; sometimes the little things are the most precious.
ashcamp2086 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We like the spanish words and it had good description. It was funny when he threw peas at his brother. It has good manners. It's good that he enjoys his life. Don't like that every sentences ends with the word "thanks."