Beautiful and wise, this wonderful book shares a secret truth: we are only truly happy when we remember to give thanks.


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The Secret of Saying Thanks

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Douglas Wood
Illustrated by Greg Shed
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Perhaps you'd like to know a secret, one of the happiest ones of all...
Douglas Wood whispers this secret in language that poetically and powerfully draws the reader into his world of quiet gratitude and appreciation for the beauty of life. The luminous illustrations are equally a prayer. What if we spent our days saying "thank you" to all that we encounter?

The sun climbing over the edge of the earth, bright brother and sister flowers, or a "silent stone that's been waiting age upon age for someone to come along and just say...thanks for your silence and patience, for standing still and not changing in a world so full of noise and speed and change."

A young girl walks out one day and finds all this beauty, and feels the secret inside her -- when she holds hands and gives thanks around the table with those she loves, when she sleeps with her dog at night. "The heart that gives thanks is a happy one...The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for...We don't give thanks because we are happy. We are happy because we give thanks." Once again, Wood has given us such a gift of wisdom and love. It is heartening to me that families and children love his books (he is the author of the Old Turtle books). They are like remedies that can keep our souls alive in a society that is doing its best to deaden us to what is really important in life. While perfect for Thanksgiving, this homage to nature and gratitude is a celebration of life for any time of the year!

(Ages: 3 - 8 years)

#8938 - Hardcover Book - 30 pgs
Our price $17.99

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