The Thank You Book written by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin is a lovely book full of an abundance of things to be thankful for, both big and small. Children will experience the examples lyrically brought forward to their ears and charmingly-illustrated for their eyes.
A thank you is suggested in word and picture for an array of beautiful experiences from playtime and puddles, books and birthdays and swings and stories to family and home and the earth and the stars. One of the most touching thanks is “for when hurt or sad or not- so- good gets better.”
The illustrations include children, adults and animal characters holding hands, feeling the grass between their toes and eating together at the family dinner table. Two exceptionally-detailed illustrations depict the joys of playing in a tree house with entrance and exit of ladder and slide and marching in a parade with banners waving messages of peace, kindness and love. Birds, butterflies, ducklings, bees, dogs, cats and a hedgehog all play a role in this visual sonnet.
Humor is also a part of this book. The author suggests a thank you for “zippers that zip jackets when warm days turn cold” and the illustrator cooperates with a picture of the little white dog, having put on his glasses, helping the little stripped cat zip up a coat.
The Thank You Book written by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin is a perfect gift book for children 4-7 years of age
( Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018).