123s of Thankfulness (Books of Kindness)

by Patricia Hegarty (Author) Summer Macon (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Whether we're together or apart, there's plenty to be thankful for! Learning the importance of thankfulness is as easy as 1-2-3 with this sweet board book that fosters social emotional development.

One little thank you can go a long, long way.

Two strong arms to hug somebody tight.

Three cheers for friends and everything they do.

Learn your 123s while discovering the value of celebrating gratitude with this irresistibly illustrated board book that's perfect for Thanksgiving and all year round! Learn to love and love to learn! Complete the series with ABCs of Kindness and Happiness is a Rainbow!

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School Library Journal

PreS-K--A board book on thankfulness in the guise of counting book. "1 little thank-you can go a long, long way. And 'one' thank-you kiss can make somebody's day." Adorable cartoon animals including perennial favorites--elephant, penguin, bunny, giraffe, lion, and bear--demonstrate the loving gestures in charming vignettes. The color palette is of calming pastels with several babies' room variations on pink, blue, and green. Page designs vary, keeping things interesting, as does the rhyming text with a pleasant lilt when read out loud. The things to count are occasionally unconventional, inviting further conversation: arms for hugging, a kiss, friends, stars, colors, food, seedlings, and two eyes for the "precious gift of sight." VERDICT A generous board book on gratitude, where counting is a bonus.--Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Lib., Troy, NH

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Praise for 123s of Thankfulness
"A generous board book on gratitude, where counting is a bonus." —School Library Journal

Praise for ABCs of Kindness:
Light, friendly, and not at all preachy—a gentle win for a kinder world. —Kirkus Reviews
Patricia Hegarty
Patricia Hegarty began working in children's publishing more years ago than she cares to remember! As an editor she has worked on titles ranging from atlases to animal pop-ups, craft kits to crazy mazes, and sticker books to secret diaries.

Dean Gray is based in South London and completed a BA in graphic design at Leeds Art University before working as a creative designer for Advocate Art illustration Agency. He now works as a freelance author/illustrator for children's books. Dean has a humorous character-driven approach to his work, and is passionate about storytelling and creating a character or world that someone can have an emotional connection with. He takes a lot of inspiration from browsing book shops, traveling, and studying the art of animation and sci-fi, as well as anything to do with character design.
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Guided Reading Level
Rodale Kids
Publication date
September 08, 2020
Books of Kindness
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV039220 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Values & Virtues
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
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