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37 words

a gentle book

a teaching book

worth reading again…and again

art is so Tomie dePaola

This sweet little book calls us to open our eyes and see all that is around us…the tiny and the large.  Let us be grateful for all that is set before us, from a ladybug to a flower to a rainbow as well as each another.  Having gratitude can turn our worlds around and upside down in positive ways.  Each day is new, filled with much for which to give thanks.

Tomie de Paola’s illustrations are his usual types of drawings, and so perfect for this book.  Pale yellow pages are the background for the drawings, colored with gentle aquas, greens, yellows, tans, and oranges.  He used acrylics on tea-stained Arches 150 pound paper.

Age Range: 2 – 5 Years


Tomie dePaola (pronounced Tommy da-POW-la) is well-known for his children’s books.  Over 15 million copies of well-over 200 Tomie dePaola books have been sold internationally.  He has been writing, illustrating, and being published for over 40 years.  Many awards have been given for his work, including a Newbery Honor Book (26 FAIRMOUNT AVENUE in 2000), a Caldecott Honor Book (STREGA NONA in 1976), Golden Kite Award (for Illustration-GIORGIO’S VILLAGE by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 1982), 1990 USA nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration-International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), and many, many more.  In 1999, he was selected for the New Hampshire’s Governor’s Arts Award of Living Treasure.

He lives in New London, New Hampshire, with his Airedale terrier, Brontë, working in a renovated 200-year-old barn.  You can find him @ http://www.tomie.com/main.html



Book Information

ISBN-13: 9780823434435
Publisher:  Holiday House, Inc. 
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

9 thoughts on “LOOK AND BE GRATEFUL by Tomie dePaola

  1. Tomie dePaola is my favorite picture book author/illustrator…I did not know about this book,so thank you. One of his best is ‘The Clown of God’..I cannot read that without crying.


    • I love him too! I have not read “The Clown of God” in a long time…need to check it out at the library! Thanks for the reminder. Glad you came by, Vivian.


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