GRATITUDE

BOOKS

The Thankful Book

The Thankful Book

By Todd Parr

 Easy-to-read text encourages the reader to find something every day for which to be thankful, from underwear that is just the right size to birthday cakes and the wishes they bring.

Questions

 1) How many things do you see in this book that you are thankful for?

 2) How many things can you name that you are thankful for but are not in this book?

The Thank You book

The Thank You Book

By Mary Lyn Ray

The author presents many things to be thankful for, most of which are usually considered mundane.

Questions

1) (page 3) Have you felt thankful while having a meal?

2) Can you find one thing to be grateful for every day for the next 7 days? 21 days? A month?

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt de La Pena

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Questions

 1) Why did CJ have to take the bus with his grandma?

 2) Was Nana kind to the other bus passengers? Do you usually say hello to other people when you see them?

 3) Was CJ kind to the blind man who boarded the bus? Was the blind man kind to CJ and Nana?

 4) CJ seemed to want things other people have - to be in a car, headphones with a music device, etc. Do you ever feel that way?

 5) What did the blind man suggest so they could listen to and feel the music in a stronger way? Did it work? Have you ever tried?

 6) How did CJ show the man with the guitar his appreciation?

 7) Did Nana get as upset as CJ to see how dirty it was around the place they lived? What did she choose to focus on instead? How could she always find “beautiful where he never even thought to look?” A: Gratitude

 8) Where did CJ and Nana end up with many others? Why did they have to go there?

 9) How do you think CJ and all those people, who got food at the Soup Kitchen, felt? A: Grateful!

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