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The Secret of Saying Thanks

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Perhaps you'd like to know a secret, one of the happiest ones of all.
You will surely find it for yourself one day.
You'll discover it all on your own, maybe when you least expect it. If you've not yet discovered the secret of saying thanks, it's waiting for you. The secret can be found in the sunrise that offers promises full for the day ahead, or in the gentle shade of
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 27th 2005)
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If this book doesn't make you slow down, at least during the reading, then you may not know the secret! The words are gentle and beautifully descriptive in a way that exudes gratitude - the whole point of the book. It reminded me to be mindful of the GOOD around me. Fav lines: "We don't give thanks because we're happy. We're happy because we give thanks." The illustrations are soft and lovely (including a gorgeous golden retriever.) I am thankful for this book.
Ashley Field
The Secret of Saying Thanks is a book about being appreciative. The little girl in the book is expressing her appreciation for simple everyday things such as the sun and the flowers or trees. She tells the reader that there are many secrets to life and one of the most important ones is that happiness is much more abundant and easy coming. This book is good for young readers whether around the time of Thanksgiving or not. The moral of the story is an important reminder for anyone. Although, I thi ...more
This beautiful book teaches children the secret of gratitude--that we don't give thanks because we are happy, but that we are happy because we give thanks. In beautiful prose and wonderful paintings, children are reminded of all the simple, yet wonderful, things that surround them that deserve our gratitude, especially our families. Great for learning about gratitude and enjoying at Thanksgiving time. It didn't really hold the interest of my preschool-age children, but would be a great selection ...more
Eva Leger
Are there kids who can sit through this? I'm 32 and I couldn't sit through it. We didn't even get to the halfway point. Julia and I were both extremely bored.
Couldn't Wood have shaken things up a bit? Made it, oh I don't know, a little interesting to read? Maybe?
It's too long, it's boring, and my daughter is very well behaved, very into many different kinds of books, ones with morals, ones for pure fun, and this was far too boring for her. Perhaps it's because she's good with this lesson, I do
I love this book. It has one of my all-time favorite quotes..."We do not give thanks because we are happy. We are happy because we give thanks." I think the text is beautiful and the illustrations are gorgeous and the message is an important one. However, in all honesty, my 8 yo pronounced it boring. I'll probably try it again at some point...she was having kind of a bad day so this was apparently not the right choice. But I love this book.
This book teaches that the secret to happiness is gratitude. It encourages children to be thankful for everything, even for the smallest things that we take for granted every day.

This book is written in a non-rhyming poem style. The book is beautifully written, and the illustrations are warm and comforting. This book would be a good one for starting discussions
Not as good as "Old Turtle" because it is outright and obvious it is teaching a lesson. Still, that lesson is one of great importance and everyone should hear it over and over. I certainly need to hear it frequently. Just reading the book--especially at this time of year--was a gentle reminder that, as Josh says, "There's so much to be thankful for."
This beautifully illustrated book reminds us of all we have to be thankful for. The book is best summed up by this line, "The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for. And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become." A great book for Thanksgiving or anytime you need a reminder to be thankful!
Michelle Nero
Love the message in this book. Look around - we have so much to be thankful for:

"The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for.
And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become."

Perfect for sharing this time of year.
A great book on teaching the principle of gratitude along with beautiful illustrations full of light. I love the message, "The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for. And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become."
Lovely golden autumn paintings are the high point of this book. The text is pandering and cloyingly contrived. The message is a good one--- be thankful--- but delivered in a way that won't resonate with kids.
Amy DeMordaunt
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I love the idea of this book, but I found it bordering on wordy.... but the beautiful illustrations bump it from a 3* to a 4* for me.
Excellent book to teach your children to be grateful. Life lessons. Spiritual, but not to any particular religion.
This is a fabulous, lovely book with a message about gratitude and the effect it has on our attitude.
The Styling Librarian
Showing appreciation of life, and all the gifts surrounding you. Beautiful.
Gives me chills every time we read it. Great book.

Very great art!
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Composer, recording artist, wilderness guide, and self-taught naturalist-Douglas Wood is perhaps most widely known as the highly acclaimed author of OLD TURTLE, a 1993 ABBY Award winner and an International Reading Association Book of the Year. Author of several books for readers of all ages, Douglas says he is always seeking themes that are universally significant to both children and adults. His ...more
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“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.

The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for.

And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become.

We don't give thanks because we're happy.

We are happy because we give thanks.”
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