From acclaimed and beloved creators Cynthia Rylant and Sergio Ruzzier comes a cozy and quirky picture book that reminds us of all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for.
We give thanks for apple trees
and bushes filled with roses.
We give thanks for nice warm soup
and fires to warm our toeses.
Follow two sweet friends as they zip around town talking to all their pals about the things they love. The pair may even have a plan cooking to show everyone their gratitude! With its themes of thankfulness and inclusion, this playfully illustrated story is the perfect read for Thanksgiving—or for any day of the year.
On the title page of this journey in couplets, a lanky-limbed rabbit and frog approach a house in a sun-drenched, fancifully colored landscape. "We give thanks for mittens/ and for coats and boots and hats," Rylant's gentle verse begins, as the rabbit and frog speculatively don clothing before a mirror. "We give thanks for nice warm soup/ and fires to warm our toeses," a later spread continues. Fine-lined pen-and-ink art show a rat-manned bonfire and a great soup cauldron set outside, awash in watercolor hues. The concluding feast assembles all of the anthropomorphic animals the duo has visited in a tiled kitchen as they sit down to a tableful of elaborate desserts. Even simple generosity is conceived of in droll, unexpected ways as a bear slips a cookie under the table to a fish in a bowl in Ruzzier's fresh-eyed interpretation of Rylant's simple, holiday-ready blessing. Ages 2–8.