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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Patricia Billings
Age Range: Under_5
This vibrant book encapsulates the concept of gratitude in a simple and easy way helping young children to understand its importance as well as enriching their vocabulary. Embracing mindfulness through a series of different situations: being grateful for a new day; for what we have; how to show gratitude and how it makes us feel showing gratitude to others, author Patricia Billings provides a concise and expressive text –
such as the final double-page spread which ends the book on a beautifully poetic line – “Gratitude is like a river of thanks flowing and growing …”. Throughout, Gratitude demonstrates why learning this valuable lesson at a young age is so important.
Together with Manuela G. Montoya’s lovely illustrations that capture the essence of gratitude perfectly, this book is an excellent way for young children to explore how they feel and how they can relate gratitude to those around them and the world in which they live.
Gratitude is part of a series of six bilingual titles that include: Emotions, Empathy, Friendship, Sharing and Love which set out to enhance children’s understanding of these important concepts. This review is of the English edition of Gratitude but it has been translated into seventeen languages, as have all the other titles including – (English–Arabic; English–Bengali; English–Chinese; English–Farsi; English–French; English–German; English–Italian; English–Japanese; English–Korean; English–Polish; English–Portuguese; English–Russian; English–Somali; English–Spanish; English–Turkish; English–Urdu and English–Vietnamese).
Over the years Milet Publishing has indelibly expanded the scope and look of bilingual and multicultural titles for children and adults, combining artistic innovation with linguistic excellence in books and multimedia resources.