Eileen Spinelli’s Thankful offers a feel-good reminder to appreciate our blessings in daily life.
Written as a rhyming poem, there are small amounts of text with full-page illustrations on each page. Spinelli writes of many professions: gardener, fireman, poet, artist, etc. and for what those people are thankful, ” . . .The doctor is thankful when patients get well. The traveler, for a cozy hotel. The dancer is thankful. She loves the beat that stirs her heart and hips and feet. . . .”
Illustrations of the family of four, with a son and daughter, bring the poem to life and offer a charming and whimsical feel to this book as the children dress up and play the part of the professions mentioned. The only religious aspect of this poem is towards the end on one page where, “Pastor is thankful for God’s loving word.”
Thankful is light-hearted and enjoyable for younger children and their parents. It is a nice addition to our home library, especially as we choose to be mindful and grateful in our daily lives. Although my 4-year-old son likes the story and the pictures, and listens to it when I choose it, he hasn’t picked it on his own.
In exchange for my honest review, I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program.
4 out of 5 stars
Whether the weather is uninviting, someone feels out of sorts, or it’s an inside play day, mommies sometimes need a “go-to” for an activity. I’m creating a jar of activity sticks, and they’ll be simple: craft sticks with a different activity handwritten on each stick.
Here is my list, a work in progress, that is primarily geared towards preschoolers. What would you add to it?
Activity Sticks Ideas:
- ABC Mouse (online subscription)
- Bake together
- Bath time / Water play
- Bean bag toss
- Beans box
- Build a fort
- Candy Land
- Color Wonder
- Connect Four
- Hopscotch (on porch or painter’s tape on the kitchen floor)
- I Spy – books, pictures, in the house
- Jumping jacks
- Letter craft
- Memory game
- Movie and popcorn
- Musical instruments bag
- Nursery rhymes
- Painting, watercolors
- Paper hats
- Piano time
- Picnic inside
- Play store (cash register, make play money)
- Puppets, paper bag
- Read stories
- Sing silly songs
- Sun catchers
- Tape, double-stick (art collage, etc)
- Tape, masking
- “Tinker” box (random collection of stuff)
- Treasure hunt
- You Tube (songs, nursery rhymes, animals)
I have a Pinterest board with many indoor activities. Please share what activities your little ones enjoy! 🙂