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Gracias / Thanks

by Pat Mora
Illustrated by John Parra
Translated by Adriana Dominguez

Published by Lee & Low, 2009
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60060-258-0

Ages 3 - 7

A young boy’s account of things for which he is thankful over the course of a single day is refreshingly child-centered in this bilingual (Spanish/English) picture book. The boy is thankful to the sun that wakes him “so I don’t sleep for years and years and grow a long white beard.” The ladybug that lands on his finger is a “little red flying surprise.” When his little brother throws mashed peas at his sister, the boy laughs so hard he falls off his chair. He’s thankful for all these moments and more in Pat Mora’s engaging narrative, which can be enjoyed and easily extended in a family or classroom setting. John Parra’s distinctive illustrations have a folk-art look and depict the child as biracial, with a white mother and Latino dad. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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