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THANKS A MILLION by Nikki Grimes


by Nikki Grimes & illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-688-17292-X
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Gratitude for simple pleasures and small kindnesses is the theme of Grimes’s newest collection of poems.

A child thanks his teacher for helping him “hate math 1/2 as much as he used to”; a new boy in school shares his pie with a classmate who welcomes him; a mother sends her daughter an appreciative lunchbox love note; and a young girl writes to an author expressing her appreciation for a book that touched her heart. Grimes employs quite a potpourri of forms and rhyme schemes, including a rebus, matching them carefully to the mood. The poems are presented on one or two-page spreads surrounded by Cabrera’s vibrant acrylic paintings that add pop and personality. One can envision this collection stimulating discussions about the need to say “thank you,” as well as encouraging young writers to try their hand at expressing their thoughts in poetry.

Good job.

(Picture book/poetry. 6-10)