Thank You, God, For Everything

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Although Daisy?s parents thank God for things all the time, she doesn?t really understand why until she tries it herself. She starts with everyday life, like the people she meets and the animals she sees, but soon her journey takes Daisy from the material to the intangible as she learns to thank God for the Breath of Life and for Hope. And at the end of her journey, when her father asks her what she is thankful for, there is only one answer she can give: everything!

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Overview

Although Daisy?s parents thank God for things all the time, she doesn?t really understand why until she tries it herself. She starts with everyday life, like the people she meets and the animals she sees, but soon her journey takes Daisy from the material to the intangible as she learns to thank God for the Breath of Life and for Hope. And at the end of her journey, when her father asks her what she is thankful for, there is only one answer she can give: everything!

Nationally renowned spiritual leader August Gold?s powerful prose is perfectly matched by Wendy Anderson Halperin?s fanciful artwork, which beautifully adds dimension and vibrancy to a spiritual voyage that any young reader can appreciate.

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[Gold's] goal here is to "show young readers how to develop their own thankful eyes." Both she and artist Halperin do that beautifully in this story. Starred review
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This homage to and entreaty for thankfulness introduces Daisy, who is inspired by her parents' example and tries to think of things she, too, can be thankful for. In her preface, Gold informs readers that she ministers to adults who find a similar thankfulness exercise to be a spiritual benefit. Young children, however, are concrete thinkers who can only be thankful for tangible things and are moved most by stories they can relate to; Daisy's list of watered-down and abstract gifts-her loved ones, God's creation, diversity, and His unending presence-don't move beyond the page into personal experience. Halperin uses pencil and oil on canvas to illustrate the child's thought process, and while the pictures are interesting to look at, her challenge-to draw a concept-often proves too great. Thankful to God for the "breath of life," Daisy sits beneath a mural of noses, beaks, and snouts, as Halperin attempts some connection between the two "breaths." The attractive package can't overcome this effort's inherent weaknesses.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC

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A little girl named Daisy is encouraged by her parents to cultivate gratitude in this gentle, encouraging story of Christian faith. Halperin's imaginative illustrations in pencil and oil show Daisy setting off on a journey of discovery, following ribbon-like paths in sunset hues that take the little girl through space and time to discover the many blessings that surround her. She moves from familiar people and the places she loves out into the wider world, where she finds much to appreciate at different levels, from tiny buds and seeds to broad vistas of forests and mountains. The simple but eloquent text is enhanced by the detailed illustrations, which use widely varying perspectives and a thread of magical realism to allow Daisy's exploration to expand. Some difficult theological concepts-God as an ever-present friend, for example-are skillfully conveyed through the illustrations, with Daisy following her path past a giant candle, through mysterious doors, over an immense bridge and right back to her waiting parents. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399240492
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/5/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

August Gold is the pastor and co-founder of Sacred Center New York, one of the fastest growing spiritual churches in America. She lives in Fairfi eld, Connecticut.

Wendy Anderson Halperin lives in Interlochen, Michigan.

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