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THE THANK YOU BOOK FOR KIDS

Author: Ali Lauren Spizman

Illustrator: Jill Dible

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Publisher: Active Parenting Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Ali Spizman is the fourteen year old author of this book. During her young life she has discovered the power and joy of responding positively to people, by acknowledging them for the contributions they have made to her and others. This book is a primer on how to enrich one’s life by regularly thanking our family, friends, and others whose words or actions help shape our lives.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13

Interest Level: 9 to 13

Young Reader Reaction: Pending

Adult Reader Reaction: The author’s enthusiasm for and dedication to enriching the lives of everyone around her is infectious. Her energy, imagination, and creativity are boundless and immediately captivate the reader.

Pros: The author demonstrates that the list of opportunities to express one’s appreciation through thank you notes is limitless.

Cons: In her attempt to address every possible opportunity, some of the examples and occasions for expressing one’s thanks begin to sound contrived.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. By their nature “How To” books are generally used for reference. This book would be an asset to a classroom, school library, or Guidance Counselor’s bookshelf as a reference book on etiquette.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE GIVING BOOK: OPEN THE DOOR TO A LIFETIME OF GIVING   THE HERO BOOK: LEARNING LESSONS FROM THE PEOPLE YOU ADMIRE   THE BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST LIGHT: A TRUE STORY OF THE HEART

Educational Themes: We often forget to thank the people around us who make our lives enjoyable, safe, and challenging. We have an obligation to let them know how much we appreciate their efforts. In the process of thanking those who help us, we bring joy to them and to ourselves.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - family, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2006

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