The Thank You Dish

illus. by Trace Balla. 24p. Kane Miller. Jun. 2017. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781610676441.
PreS-Gr 1—Dinner is a time for the family to gather and give thanks to those who lent a hand in growing and preparing what would become the meal. Young Grace and her mother brainstorm a list of things to be grateful for, many of which are unconventional, such as an alpaca and a flower tree. "Well, I'm thanking the road workers for fixing the path, so we could ride our bikes along the creek all the way to Suki's stand to buy some corn and kale." The book offers repetition, with new elements introduced on each page. The illustrations are simple but match the sweet cadence of the text with warm yellows and vintage-feeling hues. The title was originally published in Australia, and hints of the culture and surrounding atmosphere can be seen in the text and illustrations. "Well, I'm thanking the kangaroos for not eating all the carrots."
VERDICT A playful story that can be used with groups or individuals to introduce the concept of thankfulness.

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