We give thanks

Cynthia Rylant

Book - 2021

A rabbit and a frog zip around town talking to their friends about all the things they love, before cooking up a way to show everyone their gratitude.

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Juvenile works
Animal fiction
Picture books
Stories in rhyme
New York : Beach Lane Books [2021]
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Ages 0-8.
Grades K-1.
Main Author
Cynthia Rylant (author)
Other Authors
Sergio Ruzzier, 1966- (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

On the title page of this journey in couplets, a lanky-limbed rabbit and frog approach a house in a sun-drenched, fancifully colored landscape. "We give thanks for mittens/ and for coats and boots and hats," Rylant's gentle verse begins, as the rabbit and frog speculatively don clothing before a mirror. "We give thanks for nice warm soup/ and fires to warm our toeses," a later spread continues. Fine-lined pen-and-ink art show a rat-manned bonfire and a great soup cauldron set outside, awash in watercolor hues. The concluding feast assembles all of the anthropomorphic animals the duo has visited in a tiled kitchen as they sit down to a tableful of elaborate desserts. Even simple generosity is conceived of in droll, unexpected ways as a bear slips a cookie under the table to a fish in a bowl in Ruzzier's fresh-eyed interpretation of Rylant's simple, holiday-ready blessing. Ages 2–8. (Sept.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—One fine day, two friends—a rabbit and a frog—set out to explore their small town, interacting with a host of animal companions along the way. Each step of their journey gives them something more to be thankful for, including their mittens and scarves, the rain and snow, their family members, and the food on their table. Finally, the unnamed protagonists lay out a vast spread so that everyone they have met can enjoy a meal together, and the resulting joy is palpable. This story is accessible to even the youngest of readers, thanks to its brief lines of text and approachable illustrations. Rylant's gentle, welcoming rhyming couplets each straddle two pages, resulting in a dynamic flow, building and releasing tension with each line. Complementary rhythmic structures enhance the text and make the narrative a joy to read aloud and hear. Detailed watercolors support the text while including additional information for readers who choose to look closer. Interesting tidbits are interspersed among the visuals, prompting conversations about the text. Creamsicle hues give the story a whimsical quality. Young children who enjoy cheerful books filled with warmth will love reading this one, especially as they consider what they are thankful for. VERDICT A delightful approach to the Thanksgiving holiday that encourages acts of kindness all year round.—Mary Lanni, formerly at Denver P.L. Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Two friends cook up a plan to show everyone their gratitude, in this playfully illustrated story with themes of thankfulness and inclusion that are perfect for Thanksgiving—or for any day of the year! 40,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A rabbit and a frog zip around town talking to their friends about all the things they love, before cooking up a way to show everyone their gratitude.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From acclaimed and beloved creators Cynthia Rylant and Sergio Ruzzier comes a cozy and quirky picture book that reminds us of all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for.We give thanks for apple trees and bushes filled with roses. We give thanks for nice warm soup and fires to warm our toeses.Follow two sweet friends as they zip around town talking to all their pals about the things they love. The pair may even have a plan cooking to show everyone their gratitude! With its themes of thankfulness and inclusion, this playfully illustrated story is the perfect read for Thanksgiving—or for any day of the year.