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Look and Be Grateful
by Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola, Illustrator

Trade Binding | 32 pages | 6 3/4 x 8 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823434435 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: All ages

Themes: Emotions & Feelings, Hope, Peace
Recommendations: ★K, PW

CCSS Codes:
L.1.1, 1b, 1f, 4, 4a, 5, 5c, 5d, 6
W.1.1, 3, 5, 6, 8
RF.1.1, 1a, 2, 3, 3f, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c
RL.1.1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6

About the Book

In this meditative and joyful book by Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor winner Tomie dePaola, a young boy awakens with the dawn, opens his eyes and looks closely at his world. He admires all that surrounds him, large and small, from the radiant sun to a tiny, but exquisite, lady bug.

"Today is today, and it is a gift," writes Tomie dePaola. Simply told, penned in graceful hand-lettering and illustrated with jewel-like paintings, this inspiring picture book encourages each one of us to be thankful.

♦ ♦ ♦ THE REVIEWS ARE IN! ♦ ♦ ♦

★"The beloved, Wilder Award-winning illustrator spins a simple paean to gratitude. DePaola has been moving toward an ever more simple and radiant aesthetic, as his pictures become increasingly iconic and his colors, as on this beautiful tea-stained paper, become as translucent as glass. There are only about 40 words in this small volume, including the dedication ("For all the children"). . . .

"He pares down his hymn of joy to the single moment, to the day we have been given. Even toddlers will recognize the sun, the ladybug, the flowers, and the oranges, and they will comprehend the mostly one-syllable, hand-lettered words and the open-gestured hands in many skin tones. The repetition of those open hands, the image of a white dove, and the girl and boy on the cover echo the repeated words of gratitude. The blue and gold endpapers are filled with stars. Thank you, Tomie.”"—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"With its naive beauty and unaffected solemnity, it's a little book that may quickly become a treasured keepsake.—Publishers Weekly

"Bring a copy to the holiday table and then leave it behind for rereading.—The Washington Post


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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. What does it mean to be “grateful”? Create a synonym chart (show appreciation, being thankful, returning kindness) RL.K-3.4, L.K-3.5

2. Draw and share a picture of a gift that you received that cannot be wrapped or put into a box. SL.K-3.5

3. What did you personally learn from reading/listening to the story? Write a sentence and draw a picture. W.K-3.8

4.Create a daily journal about things that you are grateful for. Use all your senses: touch, hearing, sight, taste and smell. W.K-3.3, 8

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