Gracias / Thanks [hc]
Written by Pat Mora & illustrated by John Parra with translation by Adriana Domínguez
In a series of poetic sentences, a young boy (biracial Mexican/Caucasian) tells about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.
There are so many things to be thankful for. For one young boy, it's flying ladybugs, splashing ocean waves, a best friend, Dad's thick chocolate syrup, and much more.
Straight from the heart of a child flows this lighthearted bilingual celebration of family, friendship, and fun. Come share the joy, and think about all the things for which you can say, "¡Gracias! Thanks!" 32 pages
"Domínguez’s Spanish translation precedes the English text of this bilingual tale on each spread, a thoughtful touch that honors both the book’s creators and its Latino audience. For this graceful celebration, ¡gracias!" -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review (Ages 4-8)
""The originality and liveliness of language and art in this one will inspire children to consider their own blessings." -Booklist, Starred Review (Preschool-Grade 2)
July 1, 2005
AR Level=2.8; Lexile Level=620 AD Adult-Directed Text
2006 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor
2006 ALSC Notable Children's Book