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The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful
     

The Blessings Jar: A Story About Being Thankful

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by Colleen Coble
 

Can a jar full of blessings change a day full of the grumpies?

Punky Grace is having a really grumpy morning. But when
Grammy suggests they have an adventure and fill her Blessings Jar to the top,
Punky discovers that God’s blessings are enough to outweigh any bad day.

In this sweet story, bestselling author Colleen Coble celebrates

Overview

Can a jar full of blessings change a day full of the grumpies?

Punky Grace is having a really grumpy morning. But when
Grammy suggests they have an adventure and fill her Blessings Jar to the top,
Punky discovers that God’s blessings are enough to outweigh any bad day.

In this sweet story, bestselling author Colleen Coble celebrates the bond between grandparents and grandchildren and teaches little ones an important lesson about recognizing all of God’s blessings.

Meets national education standards.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The first picture book from Christian fiction author Coble (Secretly Smitten) weaves a story around the concept of gratitude as a cure for “the grumpies.” Seeing Punky Grace sad that her sick friend can’t play, her grandmother suggests that they “go on an adventure today and try to fill the jar with things that remind us of God’s blessings.” Throughout the day, Punky finds items to add to the jar: a ballet slipper, shell, leaf, cookie cutter, and bookmark, all symbolizing moments of happiness, which her grandmother helps her recognize as gifts from God. Harry’s (Foxes in the Snow) pastel-hued illustrations vary from close-ups of Punky and Grammy hugging to expansive scenes of a walk on the beach. On some spreads, distinct bubbles depict a series of images, such as Punky jumping in leaves and playing with her dog. At the end of the day, Punky says, “Know what, Grammy? I was so busy looking for blessings today that I lost my grumpies.” Predictable but comforting, this story may inspire some readers to emulate Punky’s jar-filling adventure. Ages 2–5. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400322732
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Pages:
22
Sales rank:
315,472
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Read an Excerpt

The Blessings Jar

A Story About Being Thankful


By Colleen Coble, Rebecca Harry

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2014 Colleen Coble
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4003-2273-2


CHAPTER 1

Punky Grace frowned as she stared out the window. It was a grumpy morning. An icky, awful morning. "I really wanted to practice my dance with Kiyana today. Why can't she play even if she's sick?"

Punky's grumpies would not go away.

As soon as Punky walked into the kitchen, her grandmother noticed her sad face. "Is someone having a bad morning?"

"I'm having a grumpy morning, Grammy. An icky, awful morning. Nothing fun is going to happen today."

Grammy gave Punky the "It's going to be okay" kind of hug that only a grammy can give.

"I know the perfect cure for the grumpies. Look what I've got here, Punky." Grammy showed her a big glass jar. "It's a Blessings Jar. Why don't we go on an adventure today and try to fill the jar with things that remind us of God's blessings?"

Punky thought about it. She did like adventures.

"Let's see," said Grammy. "I know you like helping Mommy in the garden. Let's add a flower to the jar, and maybe you won't feel so grumpy."

Grammy took a beautiful red bloom and dropped it into the Blessings Jar. "Now you'll remember that flowers are one good thing God gives us."

"I bet I could find some more blessings," Punky said. She twirled toward her room in her ballerina tutu.

"I love to dance around and around and around. Is dancing from God too?"

"Of course! God gave you healthy twinkle toes to dance on. What can we use to help remember?" said Grammy.

Punky looked down at her feet. "Let's put my ballet slipper in the jar after I put on my adventure clothes!"

As she and Grammy headed toward town, Punky began to forget how grumpy she was, especially when she saw her grandpa by the ice-cream stand. She smiled as she licked the scrump-delicious ice-cream cone he handed her. It was bubble gum flavor, her favorite. And chocolate, her second favorite. And strawberry, her third favorite. Maybe today won't be too terrible, Punky thought.

"Thanks for the triple dipper, Poppy! That was a yum, yum, yummy blessing." She looked at the picture of the ice-cream cone on her napkin and dropped it into the Blessings Jar.

Jake's big doggie feet splashed in the cold water as he and Punky ran along the lakeshore.

"Remember to look for a blessing!" Grammy called.

Jake stopped and pawed at something in the sand. "Look, Grammy, Jake found the prettiest shell I've ever seen," Punky said. "Maybe it's a blessing from all the way on the other side of the lake, or the other side of the world!"

"Maybe not that far," said Grammy with a wink, "but it will still look lovely in your jar."

When they reached home, Punky headed for a giant pile of leaves beneath the oak tree. Jake was quick to follow her over the leaves,

under the leaves, and through the leaves until he was covered in orange and yellow.

"Grammy, doesn't Jake look silly with his fur full of leaves?" asked Punky. "I'm putting this leaf in the Blessings Jar to remind me of my very favorite puppy."

It was cookie time! Baking with Grammy always made Punky smile. "Grammy, since Kiyana is sick today, why don't we give the cookies to her? That will make her feel better!" She stirred the batter and held up the spoon for Grammy to have a lick. "After all, you and I make the best super-duper sugar doodles in the world."

"Of course we do!" said Grammy. "Warm blessings from the oven are some of my favorites, and giving them away makes them even more special." She smiled as Punky dropped a cookie cutter into the jar to remind her of shared sugar-doodle blessings.

A few hours later, the night sky was full of stars, and Punky's eyes were full of wonder. "Look at all the stars, Grammy! Maybe God sprinkled sparkly sand all the way across the sky as far as we can see!"

"Maybe He did!" Grammy said with a smile. "Why don't you sprinkle some sand into the Blessings Jar to help us remember this extra-sparkly night? You are quite a star blessings finder now."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Blessings Jar by Colleen Coble, Rebecca Harry. Copyright © 2014 Colleen Coble. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

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WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Sweet story for a young child in a board book format. Makes a great gift!