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A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Lee & Low Books
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Sam Grace
Really more like 4.5 stars, and only because it's not a real STORY, this book is definitely worth taking a glance at (or in my case, owning). I am rarely very excited by bilingual books, and in this case, I don't know that it really adds much (I'd rather see it completely in English or completely in Spanish). But I can totally imagine myself reading one page in Spanish and one in English and switching off the tellings in a way that you really can't do when books are STORIES.

This is a list of th...more
*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
I was very excited when I was informed I had won a copy of this book from the First Reads drawing! I was even more excited when I recieved it and seen the pictures depicted a multicultural family like ours!

In this delightfully colorful childrens book by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra we follow a young boy throughout his entire day as he says thanks to everything that makes him happy. He starts by thanking the sun that wakes him and ends his day of thanks by thanking the cricket that sere...more
Audience: Primary

Genre: dual language, fiction

Quote that promotes mental image and rationale:

"Por las abejas que no me
picaron y convirtieron en
un alfiletero, gracias"

"For the bees that didn't
sting me and turn me into
a pincushion, thanks."

This book is a list (in both Spanish and English) of what a young boy is thankful for. Much of his list invokes mental imagery in listeners/readers. The above quote is just one example. I chose this one because students can relate to the idea of bee stings, and...more
Brenda A.
I really liked this book mostly because of the message and because it was bilingual, both in Spanish and in English. It was about this little boy who was giving thanks for just everything that happened to him throughout the day. I loved it because it teaches the lesson to be grateful for even the little things. I think it is appropriate for children from k-2.
Kristen Herzog
Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra is a beautifully illustrated story about a boy who shares all of the things that he is grateful for. Each two page spread shows colorful pictures of what he has described in the text. The text is written in both Spanish and English. I personally really like reading books this way because it allows someone who doesn't speak Spanish or someone who doesn't speak English to enjoy a beautifully written story by someone who is bilingual. The mai...more
Teresa Carbajal Ravet
Jan 25, 2010 Teresa Carbajal Ravet rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Truly a must read with your child(ren), pjs, a warm blanket, and a snuggle.
529_Quincy Owens
I did not consider Gracias Thanks by Pat Mora with illustrations by John Parra as a “must read” the first, second, or even third time I looked at it. The only reason I kept looking at it was because of the personal respect and expectations I have accumulated for her as an author. I remember the first time through looking for some significant cultural practice or myth. When I finished the picture book I flipped through the pages looking closely at each picture hoping the illustrations by John Par...more
Hongxi Mao
Did something that you did not like ever happen to you, and when you think back at that event, you become thankful for it? This book is won the Pura Belpre Honor Book award. It talks about how this little boy thanks his surroundings such as his mother, uncle, ladybug, waves, and many more other things. This is in the first person point of view, and the setting is wherever this little boy is at. The main character of this book is the little boy. This book does not have a main plot, it just has t...more
I Heart Corgis
Grade/interest level: K-4th grade
Lexile level: N/A
Genre: Multicultural, bilingual
Main Characters: a little boy
Setting: all over the world (in houses, parks, etc.)
POV: 1st person narrator

A little boy wakes up and says thank you to the sun for shining. He goes on to say thank you to other things, showing how grateful he is for even the smallest of things (from his family for giving him love and support, all the way down to his pajamas). After a long day of being thankful for everything, the boy th...more
Lisa Vegan
This is a bilingual Spanish-English book. Everything, title, cover page, and note to the reader included, is in Spanish and then in English, except on the “abuelita” page where instead of being translated into grandmother or grandma, the English is given as Abuelita; I know that was an error.

The story takes one young boy from morning until bedtime, as he gives thanks for everything from the sun to the crickets. Family members and friends play a huge role in his thankfulness. The story isn’t scin...more
Gracias Thanks by Pat Mora and illustrations by John Parra tells the story of one boy's appreciation for all the individuals in his life who make things possible. This book was Pura Belpre honor book, and one can see why; Parra's simple child like watercolor renderings of family, friends, teachers, neighbors, and common everyday objects who contribute to the young protagonist's daily activities do portray a sense of wonder about the world. Parra is able to depict each scene as if from a boy's po...more
I thought this was a really sweet book told from the perspective of a young Mexican American boy who, throughout the book shares what he is thankful for in his everyday life. This is a Pura Belpre Honor Book that is filled with illustrations inspired by the Hispanic culture. It also teaches students about diversity with the illustrations having children depicted in different colors. The author Pat Mora wrote this book using a bilingual format with the Spanish language being on the left pages and...more
Gracias/Thanks provides a creative and slightly whimsical take on thankfulness in both Spanish and English. Each page presents another small thing for which the young boy is thankful (ranging from hot chocolate sauce to Grandma to waves at the beach). The particularly lovely thing about this book is the vivid, poetic images created by the boys verbal expression of his thankfulness. Not only would the book be a great introduction to Thanksgiving-related lessons but also a useful resource in crea...more
Natalie McGovern
Audience: Primary
Genre: Realistic Fiction- Children's Picture book
Award Received: The Pura Belpre Award Nominee for Illustration (2010)

Text to Text:
Gracias, Thanks follows a young boy through his day as he celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful. This book immediately reminded me of Grateful by John Bucchino. Both children's books are reminding children to look at the everyday aspects of life that they could typically take for...more
Victoria Matthews
The pictures are amazing in this book. The little boy, who is the main character, states all of the things that he is grateful and the reason why he is grateful. This is written in Spanish and in English. It is a great discussion book to really get the readers to think about the people and things he or she is thankful and grateful for.
Jacque Williamson
This story centers a little boy reflecting on the things he is most thankful for. He reflects on the times and places he’s visited with family and close friends. I really enjoyed how this story emphasized on the importance of being thankful for family, friends and just life in general. The text itself was offered in both English as well as Spanish. The illustrator used bright fully colored and beautifully orchestrated illustrations throughout the story. I can see why this book won an award for b...more
Melina Kinder
A book about giving thanks. I like it because he didn't give thanks for they typical things that we do. It's the little things that we forget
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture book
Text-to-self connection: I can relate to this book in that I think every day about the things I am thankful for. It is a great way to remember that even when things are tough, there is still plenty to say thank you for and that life really is wonderful. I enjoyed that this book was in English as well as Spanish. It would have great use in an English as a second language classroom. All of the things the boy said he was thankful for are things that children ever...more
Bright, attractive illustrations. Quite readable. Mora's books are about home/hogar, family and life of children within the family.
Gracias is a bilingual picture book which contains poetic language. As a picture book, it is suitable for a 4-5 year old child. The exploration of the concept of gratitude is given a context with the relation of this concept to everyday situations. If the caregiver points to the text with their finger as they read, the child can practice reading with a caregiver, following along with eyes and developing the letter knowledge skill. The story also presents the child with an opportunity to learn ne...more
Green Bean
"Por mi hermanito, que le lanzó su pure de chícaros a mi hermana y me hizo reír tanto que me caí de la silla, gracias.” One little boy spends an entire day counting his blessings in two languages! From the first mariquita of the morning to the chirp of dusk's grillo as he falls into dreams. Mora vibrant day-in-the-life tale reminds us to take note of guitar-shredding uncles who howl along with the dogs, the worms that feed our dinner fish, for our favorite well-worn pajamas and makes for a great...more
Brenda A.
I really liked this book mostly because of the message and because it was bilingual, both in Spanish and in English. It was about this little boy who was giving thanks for just everything that happened to him throughout the day. I loved it because it teaches the lesson to be grateful for even the little things. I think it is appropriate for children from k-2
As a teacher I can see using this book with young children around Thanksgiving. It gives children examples of all the little things in their lives they can be thankful for. The side by side text allows reading in both English and Spanish. The illustrations are colorful and vibrant. I do think that as a read-aloud the adult reader will need to involve students in connecting it to their own lives. Without that prompting I think it could be a book that adults will enjoy reading, but kids would not...more
Katherine Fountain
I stumbled upon this book in an elementary school library and was immediately drawn to it because of Pat Mora! While this is not my favorite book by her, I definitely think that Gracias/Thanks would be perfect to have in a classroom library. I love that the bilingual text is side by side (English on the right page and Spanish on the left page) so that English Language Learners could see the comparison in text directly related. As to be expected with Pat Mora, the illustrations are vibrant and in...more
This book is a 2010 Honor Illustration book for the Pura Belpre Awards. This book would be great for students in K-5. Younger kids will love the bold illustrations and love hearing this book read in Spanish. Older students will love trying to read this book in Spanish. I will use this book in my class as an activity where my students tell what they are thankful for. I am even going to try to have a parent volunteer who speaks Spanish come in and read this book in Spanish to my students!
The only reason this one doesn't get 5 stars is because my daughter gave me such great books that I feel like I should find some differences among them. The story line is not as engaging as the others, but it is a warm addition to my growing collection of spanish-english children's books. This one is challenging for me to read -- I'm not as advanced as I'd like to be. But the pictures help me figure out the text before peeking at the English translation.
A multiracial boy gives thanks for all of the special things in his life. But this book isn't schmaltzy. It has a wry sense of humor. The illustrations are whimsical, even if the heads look too big for the bodies -- big deal.

The medium -- acrylic paints on illustration book -- gives the pictures a feel of being painted on a wall somewhere, which is a nice effect IMHO.

And I enjoyed the opportunity to refresh some of my rusty high school Spanish.
I'm not sure what style of illustration this is, but it seems to me to be distressed painting overtop woodgrain. This style may put some people off, or may be intriguing as it seems rare in the books I have read. This book is random in the things the child gives thanks for, but that is good because it covers the many situations we should be thankful for. I appreciate the equal Spanish/English on the pages.
A young, multi cultural boy, tells of all the things in which he is thankful for. This book is written in english on one page and says the exact same thing in spanish on the other page. I think this would be grate to use when talking about what you can can be thankful for and who you can give thanks to. Also, it is a great way to reach your ELL learners as well if Spanish is their first language.
Leta Huffman
This children's book had English and Spanish text on every page. Therefore, this would be an awesome book to use with ELL students, or with students that want to learn Spanish. This book could help a broad range of people. The illustrator also did a wonderful job, and molded his Hispanic heritage into his artwork. The pictures had a rough scratched up look to them that I enjoyed.
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