Sallie Bee Writes a Thank-You Note

Abrams. Nov. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781419749605.
K-Gr 3–Sallie Bee receives a scarf from her grandma one day and goes to send a thank you text right away, but her mother is using the phone. Sallie Bee goes right ahead and writes out the text, so she’ll remember it, and by the time she is done, she has created a thank you note explaining why she loves the scarf so much and how it makes her feel. And that was so much fun that she has to write some more. The authors have created a story about the importance of thank you cards—how they demonstrate feelings and brighten the sender’s and the recipient’s day. Simple vocabulary makes this accessible even to younger students, while demonstrating to older ones how everyone can be thankful in their own lives. Ross adeptly creates fantastic pictures conveying how others’ actions affect Sallie, and how her cards impact them. Sallie’s handwriting on the cards is particularly adorable and looks exactly as if a student wrote it.
VERDICT Finally! A good book to teach students that writing a thank you note can be fun and brighten someone’s day, as well as their own.

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