Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Giving Thanks by Ellen Surrey (Children's, Picture book, Non-fiction, 10/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

 October 2016, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 32 pages, Hardback, Review copy 

Summary from Quarto
Discover 150 ways to say thank you with this book, which explores the meaning of thankfulness. Join one boy as he thinks about the people in his life he'd like to thank, the many reasons to be grateful, and the different ways of showing affection and gratitude to the people we love.

Nayu's thoughts
A book encouraging saying thank you to who you know. On most of the pages a question about thanks is asked and the boy in the book examines who he wants to thank, what he would do with them, give them and other thank you related themes. It really makes a reader think just how important everyone in their life is, and how that gratitude can be shown. There are lots of good ideas for presents and kind actions to others which made me smile. 

I like how every person the boy mentions at the start is mentioned for every question in the following pages. I like how the illustrations focus on being colourful and detailed for the people, and using simple lines for the objects/surrounding the people because it keeps the focus on them. My only minor niggle is that sometimes it was hard to see the text on the darker backgrounds, the font could have done with colour changes for these parts. A definite must read and a great way to learn how to think of others and say thank you for what they do. 

Find out more on Ellen's website.

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