We Give Thanks

S. & S./Beach Lane. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442465077.
PreS-Gr 1–One fine day, two friends—a rabbit and a frog—set out to explore their small town, interacting with a host of animal companions along the way. Each step of their journey gives them something more to be thankful for, including their mittens and scarves, the rain and snow, their family members, and the food on their table. Finally, the unnamed protagonists lay out a vast spread so that everyone they have met can enjoy a meal together, and the resulting joy is palpable. This story is accessible to even the youngest of readers, thanks to its brief lines of text and approachable illustrations. Rylant’s gentle, welcoming rhyming couplets each straddle two pages, resulting in a dynamic flow, building and releasing tension with each line. Complementary rhythmic structures enhance the text and make the narrative a joy to read aloud and hear. Detailed watercolors support the text while including additional information for readers who choose to look closer. Interesting tidbits are interspersed among the visuals, prompting conversations about the text. Creamsicle hues give the story a whimsical quality. Young children who enjoy cheerful books filled with warmth will love reading this one, especially as they consider what they are thankful for.
VERDICT A delightful approach to the Thanksgiving holiday that encourages acts of kindness all year round.

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