Thanks & Giving: All Year Longby Marlo Thomas (Editor), Christopher Cerf (Editor)
Free to Be...You and Me creator Marlo Thomas has once again produced a joyful volume for children and the grown-ups in their lives. Reaching into the heads and hearts of our most acclaimed writers, artists and performers, Thanks & Giving celebrates the best things in life -- family, friendship, giving, thankfulness and love (and just for fun, a few of their opposites -- stinginess, bullying, ingratitude, and the occasional urge to stamp your feet and throw a fit).
From Tiger Woods and Maurice Sendak to Hilary Duff and Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, this colorful collection of stories, poems and songs will take readers on a light-hearted and thoughtful (but never over-serious) adventure. Whether in the brilliant child's-eye paintings of illustrator Eric Carle, or the off-the-wall humor of Mel Brooks, the creators of Thanks & Giving invite you to read aloud or sing along as you journey from one magical moment to the next.
Designed for both cover-to-cover reading and selective excerpting (when you can't refuse that last impassioned call for "One more story!" just before lights out), this sparkling anthology also includes marvelous contributions from Avi, Shel Silverstein, Arthur creator Marc Brown, Matt Groening, Deepak Chopra, Donald Trump, Frankie Muniz, Tom Chapin, Walter Dean Myers, Paul Newman, Jerry Pinkney, Whoopi Goldberg, Sumner Redstone, the Sesame Street Muppets, Julianne Moore, Ed Koren, Wendy Wasserstein, and Paul O. Zelinsky.
Marlo Thomas and Friends are contributing all royalties from Thanks and Giving All Year Long to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded by Ms. Thomas's father, Danny Thomas, in 1962.
- Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 8.72(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.51(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 12 Years
Read an Excerpt
Teeny Meany by David Slavin, illustrated by Jimmy Pickering
Jeannie Meany was mean. Really mean. We're talking mean like you've never seen. Meaner than a tiger with a toothache. Meaner than a bear with a bellyache. Meaner than a whole herd of hippos with headaches. She woke up mean, she ate breakfast mean, she went to school mean, she drew pictures mean, she had snack mean, she read books mean, she ate lunch mean, she napped mean, she had circle time mean. . . . You get the picture. The girl was mean.
Don't believe me? Ask Sheldon's shin. Or Patty's pinky. Or Lyle's . . . well, you can't ask Lyle-he's still in the hospital.
Like I said, mean with a capital M-E-A-N.
Maybe Jeannie was mean because of her name-it was Meany, after all. If her name had been Jeannie Joyful, or Sunny Disposition, or Happy Rockefeller, maybe she would have been joyful or sunny or happy. Who knows?
But the bigger problem was her nickname. See, Jeannie Meany was-what's a nice way to put this? She was . . . petite. Diminutive. Lilliputian. Oh, all right, she was small. And, kids being kids, you can imagine what they called her, can't you? Right. "Teeny Meany."
Now, most people aren't bothered by nicknames. Tall people are sometimes called "Stretch," left-handed people are called "Lefty," people named Art are called "Farty Arty," and they couldn't care less. (Well, Art probably cares.) But Jeannie Meany hated being called "Teeny," and it made her meaner and meaner with each passing nicknamey day. Everyone was so afraid of her, they'd run and hide whenever she came near. It didn't matter where you were-the playground, the pool, even the library. If Teeny Meany was coming, you were going.
"How can you be scared of her?" grown-ups would ask. "She's so . . . tiny."
To which the kids would always respond, "She's a mean girl in a small package."
Well, just about the time that Teeny Meany was getting close to being the meanest she'd ever been in her whole entire life, a new boy moved into town. His name was Michael McCatty and he was-what's a nice way to put this? He was . . . husky. Rotund. Portly. Oh, all right, he was big. And, kids being kids, you can imagine what they called him, can't you? Right again. "Fatty McCatty."
One day, Fatty McCatty was standing in line at the ice-cream truck, when who should walk up but Teeny Meany. The rest of the line moved aside lickety-split, but because Fatty McCatty had never met or even heard of Teeny Meany before (and because he really liked ice cream), he simply walked to the head of the line and asked for a Nutty Buddy.
"What do you think you're doing?" said Teeny Meany.
"Getting a Nutty Buddy," said Fatty McCatty.
("Uh-oh!" said the kids.)
"You're in my spot," said Teeny Meany.
"No, actually, I was here first," said Fatty McCatty.
("Oh, man!" said the kids.)
"Do you know who I am?" asked Teeny Meany.
"No. Who are you?" replied Fatty McCatty.
("Oh, no!" gasped the kids.)
"I'm Jeannie Meany," said Teeny Meany.
"Nice to meet you, Jeannie. My name's Michael McCatty. I'm new in town. Want an ice cream?" said Michael.
Teeny Meany was speechless. It had been so long since anyone called her Jeannie, and even longer since anyone offered her anything out of friendship, that she just didn't know what to say. Here, standing before her, was a kind and gentle stranger who wanted nothing more than to make a new friend and buy that friend an ice cream.
Teeny Meany thought back on all of the teasing she had put up with over the years, and all of the loneliness she felt as everyone became more and more afraid of her. And she looked up at this new boy-this warm and tender soul-and said:
"Move it, Fatty."
I told you she was mean.
Meet the Author
Marlo Thomas graduated from the University of Southern California with a teaching degree. She is the author of six bestselling books: Free to Be…You and Me; Free to Be…a Family; The Right Words at the Right Time; The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn!; Thanks & Giving: All Year Long; and her memoir, Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. Ms. Thomas has won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame for her work in television, including her starring role in the landmark series That Girl, which she also conceived and produced. She is the National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father, Danny Thomas, in 1962.
In 2010, Ms. Thomas launched her website, MarloThomas.com, on The Huffington Post and AOL. She lives in New York with her husband, Phil Donahue.
Christopher Cerf is an Emmy and Grammy award-winning author, composer, and producer. A charter contributing editor of the National Lampoon, Cerf has written more than 300 songs for Sesame Street and co-edited the celebrated newspaper parody Not The New York Times.
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