Thank You for the Little Things

­Bloomsbury. Oct. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781547610297.
PreS-Gr 2–A young child manages challenging feelings and emotions by focusing on small things in this gentle and rhyming tale of gratitude and mindfulness. The brown-skinned child, along with parents, baby sibling in a stroller, and unleashed dog, traipse through a park. During the stroll, the child narrates that whenever they are feeling down, they “focus for a little while on little things that make me smile.” The child then notes their appreciation of everything from the small ladybug that lands on their hand, to the playground swings and the feeling of flight they provide, from delicious noodles and tasty ice cream, to the twinkling stars of the night sky. Hart’s text, told in rhyming couplets, presents thankfulness in an accessible and engaging way for young readers, while also providing comfort and encouragement. Hamilton’s bright and textured illustrations feature colorful and vibrant spreads, making this title an ideal choice for story times, classroom read-alouds, and one-on-one sharing.
VERDICT This sweet and soothing story is a welcome addition to any collection.

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