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*Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks (Julie Andrews Collection)* by John Bucchino, illustrated by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen
Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks (Julie Andrews Collection)
by John Bucchino, illustrated by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen
Preschool-Grade 4 40 pages HarperTrophy August 2006 Paperback    

Grateful provides lyrics and illustrations around being grateful and blessed for what we have in friendship, love, and life. It also reminds us that we make the choice to be thankful for what we have rather than pained by what we donít. It is a powerful song with powerful messages, many of which may involve concepts of higher-level thinking that may be lost on a young audience. However, introduced as a song, even young listeners will feel the rhythm and energy of what the song stands for:
ďIíve got a roof over my head.
Iíve got a warm place to sleep.
Some nights I lie awake counting gifts
Instead of counting sheep.

Iíve got a heart that can hold love.
Iíve got a mind that can think.

There may be times when I lose the light
And let my spirits sinkÖ
But I canít stay depressed
When I remember how Iím blessed...Ē
The song is a wonderful tool for introducing children to the concept of being grateful and determining how we choose to view our place in the world. In discussing some of the motivational verses, children can become comfortable with having faith from both within and outside of themselvesĒ
ďI feel a hand holding my hand.
Itís not a hand you can see.
But on the road to the promised land
This hand will shepherd meÖĒ
Grateful makes a great addition to any bedside or coffee table. It contains powerful reminders for us to be grateful for the love, friendship, and shelter we have as we struggle with disappointments for those things we are without. It is also a great tool for introducing children to the energy and intention of being grateful as you guide them along the path of finding faith and happiness within themselves.



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