The Thankful Book [NOOK Book]

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I am thankful for music because it makes me want to dance.
I am thankful for my feet because they help me run and play.
I am thankful for kisses because they make me feel loved.


Todd Parr's bestselling books have taught kids about unconditional love, respecting the earth, facing fears, and more, all with his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity. Now, The Thankful ...
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Overview

I am thankful for music because it makes me want to dance.
I am thankful for my feet because they help me run and play.
I am thankful for kisses because they make me feel loved.


Todd Parr's bestselling books have taught kids about unconditional love, respecting the earth, facing fears, and more, all with his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity. Now, The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for. From everyday activities like reading and bathtime to big family meals together and special alone time between parent and child, Todd inspires readers to remember all of life's special moments. The perfect book to treasure and share, around the holidays and throughout the year.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Parr explores the idea of gratitude in this picture book: "Every day I try to think about the things I am thankful for." Those "things" include personal characteristics-"I am thankful for my hair because it makes me unique"; music- "because it makes me want to dance"; nature, and so on. Readers are sure to get a laugh out of the notion of being thankful for underwear-"because I like to wear it on my head." Parr's signature illustrations employ bold outlines and bright colors and feature an array of characters both human and animal. The theme is ripe for discussion and lends itself to extension activities in which readers create their own "I'm thankful for" pictures. Pair this book with Mercer Mayer's Just So Thankful (HarperCollins, 2006) or Greg Foley's Thank You Bear (Viking, 2007) for storytimes filled with gratitude.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316230940
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 392,270
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Todd Parr
Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd's books and more information, visit www.toddparr.com.

Biography

Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

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Not all of Parr's fans are eight and under—teens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.

Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "I still love tacos. :)"

Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realize—this takes a lot of love to do."

Parr has no formal art training.

He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.

When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us:
Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.

The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my work—enjoying my life and being happy—if I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rock Springs, Wyoming
    1. Education:
      High school diploma
    2. Website:

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

    Perfect for every Thanksgiving table.

    I love how this books reminds us all about the little things in life to be thankful for. 'I'm thankful for my shadow because it makes me look taller.' Love this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

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    Reviewed by Anastacia Hawkins for Readers' Favorite Todd Parr¿s

    Reviewed by Anastacia Hawkins for Readers' Favorite

    Todd Parr’s "The Thankful Book" encourages children to think of things to be thankful for every day. And he offers a list of things we can all be thankful for, just to get them started. Some are sweet: “I am thankful for my ears because they let me hear words like ‘I love you’”. Some are silly: “I am thankful for underwear because I like to wear it on my head”. Some are practical: “I am thankful for healthy food because it keeps me strong”. Some are thought provoking: “I am thankful for the library because it is filled with endless adventure”. Some are inspiring: “I am thankful for my hands because they help me give special gifts”. In general, all of them are worth being thankful for!

    This bright, playful book is a great tool to get your children thinking about things to be thankful for. The illustrations are simple, quirky and colorful, and the message is very clear: we have very much to be thankful for! It would make a wonderful Thanksgiving Day gift. Each page can be used as a starting point for your children to list their own things to be thankful for. For instance, “I am thankful for the winter because I like to build snowmen,” can be followed by a whole other list of things to be thankful for in the winter. Parents will love how this book encourages communication! This is a book you and your children will want to pick up over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Me and you

    This book is thinkful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Good Book

    My students really liked this book. I highly recommend it.

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