Being Thankful

Being Thankful

by Mercer Mayer


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Join Little Critter® as he learns why it’s important to be thankful for what he has—not to be upset about what he doesn't.

Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about Little Critter® and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Tommy Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the Inspired Kids line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.

In Being Thankful, Little Critter isn't gettinganything he wants. Gator gets cool brand-new sneakers, while Little Critter is stuck with his boring blue ones. Tiger’s dad has a boat—but not Little Critter’s dad. And even at the ice cream shop, Little Critter can’t enjoy his chocolate ice cream cone because he would rather have a huge ice cream sundae instead. But on a trip to the farm, Grandma shows Little Critter why thankfulness is so important and helps make any situation seem so much happier.

Based on Psalm 107:1, this book will show children what gratitude is and why we should be thankful for all of the blessings God has given us.

Features & Benefits:

  • Little Critter® brand has humorously portrayed issues kids face for almost 40 years
  • Faith-inspired message shows kids how to be thankful for the things they have
  • More than 150 million Little Critter books sold

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400322497
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Little Critter Series
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 57,233
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

is the writer and illustrator for Little Monster®
and Little Critter® books. He began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966 and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Mayer currently lives in New England with his wife Gina, who co-wrote many of the popular
Little Critter® books. He has four children and two grandchildren.

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Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2014 Mercer Mayer
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4003-2249-7


I stopped my scooter in front of the toy store.

"Wow! I wish I had a Speed Blaster ZZ scooter with silver wheels," I said.

"You already have a scooter," said my mom.

"It's not nearly as good as the Speed Blaster ZZ," I said.

On our way home, we passed the movie theater.

"Boy, I wish I could go to the movies," I said.

"But we're going to watch a movie at home tonight," said my mom.

We did watch a movie on our TV.

But it wasn't nearly as good as going to the movie theater, even if we did have popcorn.

The next day at school, Gator was wearing brand-new AR Flyer sneakers.

I wished I had brand-new AR Flyer sneakers instead of my plain old blue ones.

At home, when it was Little Sister's turn to use the computer, I asked when I was going to get a computer of my own.

"But you have a computer," said my mom.

"Sharing isn't as good as having your own computer," I said.

At dinner, I said I wished we could go out to a restaurant to eat.

"I like having dinner at home," said my dad.

"Don't you wish we had a bigger house with a pool and an elevator?" I asked.

"I like our house just the way it is," said my mom.

As we were reading before bed, Dad stopped the story and said, "There are a lot of people who would love to have things like ours. You should be thankful for what you have, instead of focusing on what you don't have."

On Saturday Tiger's dad took us for a ride in his boat.

"I wish we had a boat," I said.

"Going on a boat ride is fun," said my dad.

"Not as much fun as a ride on your own boat," I said.

The next day, our whole family went out for ice cream.

The boy behind us got a giant ice cream sundae with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

"I wish I had a sundae instead of this boring cone," I said.

But Little Sister bumped into me, and I dropped my ice cream cone.

"Look what you did," I said.


Excerpted from BEING THANKFUL by MERCER MAYER. Copyright © 2014 Mercer Mayer. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Teaching a child to be thankful is a hard job. Our very nature seems to lean towards selfishness. Everything around us just inspires us to want bigger, better and more, more, more. So what's a parent to do? Send them to their grandparents of course! Come along as Little Critter makes a trip to his grandparents' farm. While he is there his very clever grandparents begin to teach them lessons on being thankful. Grandma and Grandpa gently point out that sometimes we need to do something just because it makes someone else happy.  One of the objects that Grandma uses to drive home the idea of thankfulness for Little Critter is a blue thankful rock. Grandma has a green thankful rock and Grandpa has a purple thankful rock. One of the best lines from the story is spoken by Grandma and Grandpa to Little Critter. "Remember how happy the farm animals were with what they had? And how happy we can be when we decide to appreciate what we have?" {Grandmother} I nodded. {Little Critter} Then Grandpa pulled his thankful rock from his pocket. "That's what it means to have gratitude--to be thankful for everything in your life," said Grandpa. "Sometimes when I forget, I look at my thankful rock and I praise God for His goodness and for all the things I'm thankful for--like you Little Critter!" When Little Critter arrives back home it seems that the ungrateful bug has bitten Little Sister. But Little Critter has taken his grandparents' lesson to heart and gives his little sister a red thankful rock. Don't you love it when your children learn a valuable lesson and pass it on to their younger siblings? Peer pressure can sometimes be a good thing, especially when it is coming from an older sibling. I think you and your children will love this wonderful book on thankfulness by the talented Mercer Mayer. It is a delightful way to address the topic of being content with what God has given us. Psalm 107:1 tell us to "Thank the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever." What a powerful statement on being thankful! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.