Thank You, Jackson: How One Little Boy Makes a BIG Difference

illus. by Jude Daly. 32p. Frances Lincoln/Janetta Otter-Barry Bks. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781847804846.
K-Gr 2—Donkeys are known for being stubborn, and Jackson is no exception. He spends every day carrying heavy loads of potatoes, carrots, corn, and pumpkins over hills to the market so the farmer can sell his goods. But one day Jackson sits down and refuses to go any further. The farmer meets his stubbornness with frustration, and that doesn't change a thing. Seeing that her husband needs some help, Beauty sends her son Goodwill to assist. Goodwill reminds his father that we all need a little gratitude to get moving some days. The story reminds readers that manners can go a long way. Warm-hued illustrations done in acrylics in a folk art style complement the text. This story of kindness would pair well with versions of Aesop's "The Lion and the Mouse" or other fables about the way we treat one another.
VERDICT A great choice for early educators looking to impart moral lessons through stories.

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