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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message Book Review #FamiliaReads

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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

I was researching children’s books for my daughter when I came across this lovely book from Lee & Low.  Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message is authored by Chief Jake Swamp and Illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr., both of Native American heritage.  This poetic children’s book is an English translation of the traditional Mohawk thanksgiving address, re-written in a format that is accessible for little ones.  Parents can also find the original address, in Mohawk, at the back of the book.

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Inside Giving Thanks, readers will find warm, vibrant images of nature and it’s abundant gifts.  From the grasses to the moon, there are many things to give thanks for.

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I was really impressed with this book and the positive messages that it conjures, not only for it’s lessons of appreciation, but also for the insights available for those who would wish to rediscover the true meaning of thanks-giving.  While reading, I was reminded of many Indio stories of thanks-giving.  For example, in several of his books, Victor Villaseñor discusses his family’s tradition of rising with the sun and giving thanks for the day and all that it brings.  It’s a wonderful tradition that I am honored to have stumbled into and it’s one that I would like to continue in my own familia.

Giving Thanks teaches an important lesson in humility and true thanks-giving, while providing a fun and creative learning experience for young children.  I highly recommend this book and see it as a wonderful prelude to any Thanksgiving celebration.

To purchase your copy, visit Lee & Low Books or Amazon.com for details.  Buy the Spanish version.

Disclosure: Lee & Low provided a free copy of Giving Thanks at my request.  All opinions are my own.



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  • Beth O
    November 17, 2011 at 4:17 am

    When looking at the English version on Amazon, the link there for Spanish version goes to a library binding which isn't available. Here is the link for a Spanish version in paperback which IS available: http://www.amazon.com/Gracias-Te-Damos-Americanos

    Thanks Chantilly! This book looks wonderful.