Thank You, God, For Everythingby August Gold, Wendy Anderson Halperin (Illustrator)
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
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.
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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- Product dimensions:
- 9.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
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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