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Children's LiteratureThe simple act of saying "thank you" can change relationships and attitudes. This lovely collection of sixteen poems that describe thankfulness and expressing thanks is a wonderful way to share the importance and power of these two words with children. The opening poem "Reward" is worth the price of admission—simple but very moving: "Thank you / is a seed I plant / in the garden of your heart. / Your smile is the flower. / A slow and sweet surprise, / it blooms before my eyes!" The illustrations are well suited to the tenor of the poetry giving visual substance to the words so nicely laid out by the author. I especially like the wide range of types of poems, including a rebus, a riddle, haiku, and other verse forms. The colorful pictures showcase the talent of the artist, such as for the poem "Even the Trees" where the illustrations embody the words themselves. I do have a concern with "A Lesson from the Deaf" in which the beautiful poem describes making the sign for "thank you" without "breathing a word." The sign described seems to be the gesture for "good" instead of for "thank you." Just as speech patterns vary across the country, perhaps this is just a difference in where and when a person learned sign language and which system was studied (American Sign Language, Signed English, or another system), nevertheless it is confusing. Otherwise, this is a notable addition to the world of poetry and will be utilized by all who work with children in any aspect of what is currently referred to as "character education." I think of books like this as enhancing basic life lessons—good for all of us. 2006, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Ages 5 up.