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Book Review ~ Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

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


It’s September!

That means fall is almost here!  Yay!

I cannot be the only one who happily anticipates:  the crisp feeling in the air, the changing colors of the leaves, wearing sweaters without needing a coat, the different shadows brought by the setting sun, stomping on crunchy leaves (especially with my toddler), watching leaves fall around us, no mosquitoes, baking, drives in the mountains, and cinnamon or pumpkin-spiced almost-anything.

It is a special time of year.  It’s a reprieve from heat and humidity, although this summer has been more like the tropics with all of the rain.  It introduces the holiday season and encourages outdoor activity.

I’m ready!

What is your favorite thing about fall?