“A worthy reminder of the power of a thank you, this book is charmingly illustrated but falls short of its full potential”
As Grace’s birthday approaches she creates a (very long) list of all of her desired gifts, and soon receives every item she asks for (in one way or another), perhaps to the chagrin of most parents of children with long lists. She then proceeds to write thank you notes for all of her gifts . . . and then continues until she has touched the entire town with her letters. While the title may have readers searching for the thank you letter, no one note stands apart from the rest (apart from the gimmicky thank you note directed at the reader which ends the book on an unfortunate low note), but focuses rather on the butterfly effect kindness can have in a community. Cabrera’s signature acrylic paint and collage illustrations (with the inclusion of envelope insides!) are delightfully fun and full of quirky details (such as the little boy dressed up like a piece of bread), that add character and vigor to a story lacking in plot and finesse. While it may not have sufficient pull to draw readers in for frequent re-readings, in an era when hand-written thank you notes have by and large gone the way of the dodo, this book is a lovely reminder of the beauty and value in expressing gratitude promptly and sincerely the old-fashioned way.
Grace sets off to spread gratitude to everyone in her community and receives a delightful response!
Grace writes charming and humorous letters to thank relatives and friends for her birthday presents. But why stop there? To who else can she give thanks? Grace thanks Mr. Jones for teaching her to read, her dog for his waggy tail, and the sky for being so blue.
Soon showers of thoughtful letters and notes are circulating through the town. When Grace returns home, a gatefold reveals that the inside is decorated from floor to ceiling with notes, cards, and letters responding to her thoughtful missives.
Favorite storytime author and illustrator, Jane Cabrera’s vivid and textured acrylic paintings are filled with joyful cuteness and warmth. Patterns from the inside of envelopes smartly add to the epistolary theme. This delightful celebration of mindful thankfulness and community togetherness is perfect for curling up in a cozy spot and sharing one-on-one.
Grace is excellent at expressing her gratitude—not only does she write thank you notes, but she also does it promptly! What are some things you are grateful for (even if it wasn’t your birthday yesterday)? How can you express your gratitude to others?
Does Grace get everything she asked for for her birthday just like she imagined it? How can you react when things don’t go quite your way?
Grace’s gratitude starts a positive chain reaction. Can you start a positive chain reaction of your own?
Jane Cabrera is a much-loved children’s illustrator and author. Her first book, Cat’s Colours, was published in 1997 and since then her work has won worldwide recognition, being translated into over 25 languages. She lives in Devon with her two children and lots of pets!