Thank You, World

Thank You, World

by Alice McGinty, Wendy Anderson Halperin
     
 

Thank you, breeze, for lifting up my kite wings past treetops tall and proud.

Thank you, trees. Your branches are my playhouse. I?m climbing to the clouds!

Eight very different kids, from eight different continents, all go about their day and experience the same moments of happiness: greeting the sun in the morning, swinging on a swing, flying a

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Thank you, breeze, for lifting up my kite wings past treetops tall and proud.

Thank you, trees. Your branches are my playhouse. I?m climbing to the clouds!

Eight very different kids, from eight different continents, all go about their day and experience the same moments of happiness: greeting the sun in the morning, swinging on a swing, flying a kite, being tucked in by Mommy at bedtime. Uplifting and visually rich, this book reminds us that the world isn?t as large as it seems, and that life?s greatest pleasures are the simple ones.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
In this simple celebration, youngsters from different countries enjoy a typical day and readers recognize the commonalities of childhood experiences. The endpapers identify the eight nations-U.S., Mexico, Mali, Saudi Arabia, Bolivia, France, India, and China-each highlighted on an individual globe map bordered with a colored frame. On the following spreads, illustrations depicting scenes from each locale appear with the same color border and position so that readers can follow a particular child throughout his or her day or compare how youngsters in all of the countries engage in similar pursuits. The gentle, uplifting narrative begins each phrase with "Thank you," as the children express their appreciation for special things and happy moments (e.g., the sun, a swing, kites, mothers, etc.). The rhyming text connects images from one spread to the next: "Thank you, grass, for softening my footsteps./I'm dancing with the breeze" is followed by "Thank you, breeze, for lifting up my kite wings/past treetops tall and proud." Attractive pencil-and-crayon drawings complement the story's style and tone. The realistic pictures will keep readers busy examining details of each child's lifestyle and homeland. The book will appeal to their curiosity about other youngsters and will enforce the concept of celebrating similarities and giving thanks for everyday things.
—Margaret R. TassiaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
On the title page of this marvelously conceived volume, Halperin suggests the pattern to follow, using different patterns or designs to reflect the eight featured countries: the United States, Mexico, Bolivia, France, Mali, Saudi Arabia, India and China. On the endpapers she puts eight globes, each with one country highlighted on its surface. On each spread, she offers eight boxed images reflecting for those locales the line of poetry given. The verse itself follows morning to bedtime simply and somewhat clumsily: "Thank you, sun, for waking up the morning and coloring the sky. / Thank you, sky, for shining blue that calls me to touch you, swinging high." Each line carries a noun from the previous line: The swing connects to grass, grass to breeze, breeze to trees, etc. What captures the heart and the attention are Halperin's wonderful pictures, made with crayons over pencil drawings in her signature luminous style. So children are flying kites from a Paris park to an Indian market and their windows at twilight look out from a Mali thatched dwelling to a Mexican stucco home. The dedication suggests how to say thank you in each language. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803727052
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/18/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.26(w) x 10.68(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 Years

Meet the Author


Alice B. McGinty lives in Urbana, Illinois.

Wendy Anderson Halperin lives in Interlochen, Michigan.

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