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Gracias / Thanks

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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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Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Spanish Edition--- {Thank you, next!} In my horrible Ariana Grande voice...

All the things that make this little boy grateful, everyday.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books About Thankfulness, or for Bilingual English-Spanish Titles
A young boy lists the many things for which he is grateful in this bilingual picture-book from Pat Mora, a prolific Mexican-American children's author, whose many excellent titles include Tomás and the Library Lady and A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines . From the rising of the run, which prevents him from sleeping so long that he awakens an old man with a beard, to the air-like softness of the pajamas he puts on at night, the boy finds delights large and small in his day, g ...more
529_Quincy Owens
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovely. The illustration style isn't my favorite but I can still appreciate it. Really like the story and the things the child is thankful for -- from family to nature, fun to thoughtful. Good for Thanksgiving or any time of the year. As Pat Mora says in the author's note, "Listing what I'm thankful for always makes me happy. [...] I hope your family, class, and group of friends enjoy chatting about large and small pleasures in your lives. Keep the circle of giving thanks, growing." ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Borrowed from the library - a beautiful book in Spanish and English about gratitude and thankfulness. I'm pretty sure I butchered the pronunciation of the Spanish when I read this to my kids . . . ...more
Alexis Chatham
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book overall was a total catch to me, it is a fiction story; the illustrations were so beautiful and well done, the story was cute but straightforward with a proper meaning behind it, to always be thankful for the little things in life. Any young child or early reader would enjoy this book, it is simply written, but it is interesting. This book is also written in both English and Spanish which is vital for any child. The characters are absolutely fantastic, the young boy who is telling what ...more
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
Sabrina Rutter
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Brenda A.
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Teresa Carbajal Ravet
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Truly a must read with your child(ren), pjs, a warm blanket, and a snuggle.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book about gratitude that is also a great way to build Spanish vocabulary if you are a beginner or a child attempting to learn the language.
Yareli Arellano
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gracias Thanks is by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra. This book is about a child being grateful about what he has in his life such as family, nature and friends. I would recommend this book because it talks about an important topic which is being grateful and thankful in life. A teacher can incorporate this book in his or her instruction by incorporating this book in her thanksgiving lesson. This book can engage the students by the visualization and the use of descriptive words. This book ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
diverse picture books (bilingual Spanish/English - gratitude / preschool-kinder and up)
* Prominently features diverse characters: yes, features mainly Latinx-looking people--the MC is a hispanic-looking boy (who happens to have a blond mom).
* great for preschool/kinder storytime: the story is quieter, but the text is sweet and I think older preschoolers/kindergarteners (or older/mixed grades) would appreciate this.
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
It's a bilingual picture book showing a young boy moving through his day, from rising to bedtime, telling what he is thankful for. Each time he tells what and why! Sometimes it's amusing: "For the sun that wakes me up so I don't sleep for years and years, and grow a long white beard, thanks." And other times, he's serious: "For Mom, who found my homework in the trash, thanks." John Parra illustrates with double-page spreads with the text in Spanish on the left, English on the right! Terrific boo ...more
Camila Padilla
Gracias-Thanks by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra

Did something that you did not like ever happen to you, and when you think back at that event, you become thankful for it? Gracias-Thanks by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra is a beautifully illustrated Pura Belpre Honor picture book about a boy’s appreciation for all the things and individuals that make it all happen: the love of his mother and abuelita, his cheerful uncle, a ladybug, the waves in the ocean, the melted chocolate his
Tori Hillen
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done-reading
Pat Mora's (2009) children's book, Gracias/Thanks, is an excellent read that promotes a great message for young readers. Moreover, the book is about a young boy that goes about his day and is grateful for all of the little things that happen. The book promotes the message that people should appreciate all aspects of life and remain positive. The book helps children to understand diversity and bilingualism because the book incorporates both Spanish and English text. Therefore, the reader can pick ...more
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) 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
Cassidy Goddard
Gracias/ Thanks was such an interesting book to read. This book was about a boy telling all the things he was thankful for. He was thankful for big things and small things. I really liked that this children's book was written in 2 languages. On one side they would have the Spanish version, and on the other side of the page they had an English version. I think this would really be beneficial in a classroom with Spanish speaking ELL students because it would allow the students to read the book in ...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
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: primary-books
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
I enjoy the language, the pattern, and the array of moments the author chose, which shows the breadth of the feeling of gratitude. I thought it would be a fine launch pad for poems with 4th graders, but I stuck too closely to her pattern (which works here nicely), and we wrote stiffly. Just now reading Pat Mora's note to readers I wish I'd just suggested we made long lists of what we love.

Both the kids and I love the illustrations.
Elia Basista
This is a great book to incorporate during the Thanksgiving season as the main character goes on to say the many things he is thankful for. This book also has a heavy influence of Hispanic culture which is great for incorporating culture, especially with the heavy influence of Hispanic culture America has today. This book can be used for class activities and discussions while incorporating both American and Hispanic cultures.
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
Jacque Williamson
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
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
This book was about a little boy who was thanking the littlest of things in life. The author of this book did a great job of incorporating Spanish and English in to the book. So, readers get to see both English and Spanish words on the page. The mom in the story speaks English and the dad speaks Spanish, so readers are exposed to a bilingual family. The pictures are vibrant and colorful, which makes reading this book that much more inviting. I think it was neat to have both languages on the page ...more
Kaiana B
Dec 01, 2017 added it
Shelves: bilingual
This is a simple book about a child who lists all the things he is grateful for in his life. The illustrations are very sweet and stylistic. They were created with acrylic on illustration board. I especially like that the text is written in both Spanish and English. There can never be enough bilingual books in a classroom! This book might be nice to use in November and prompt a writing topic about thanks and what they are grateful for. It's important for students to get a little writing practice ...more
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Pat Mora (born 1942) is a female Mexican-American author and poet. Pat Mora was born in El Paso, Texas. She is married and has 3 grown children.

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