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    Book of the Week: The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

    The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
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    Age Range:
    3 – 8 years
    Grade Level: Preschool – 3
    Hardcover: 57 pages
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    On-Sale Date: May 3, 2016

    Synopsis (from Amazon)
    In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

    Reflection
    I was SO excited to purchase this book when it came out this Tuesday!  It was a bittersweet moment though knowing this is the last book in the series.  Not only do the Elephant & Piggie books make me and my kids laugh out loud, they also cleverly teach us lessons. Children’s picture books are a key component in helping kids connect to authentic learning experiences and Elephant and Piggie capture that authenticity so well as they teach, inspire and help kids grow.

    I only discovered the Elephant and Piggie books last year.  Since then, we’ve read all 25 books in the series on multiple occasions.  They’ve helped me teach my kids so many wonderful lessons on friendship, caring, teamwork, patience, perseverance, creativity, sharing and being grateful just to name a few.

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    In The Thank You Book, Piggie starts off by saying he’s such a lucky pig who has so much to be thankful for.  He decides to thank everyone, but Gerald insists that Piggie will surely forget someone – someone VERY important.  Piggie starts his “thank-o-rama” speech by thanking various characters that have appeared in previous books from the Elephant and Piggie series: the squirrels, snake, the pigeon, the flies and more.  In the end, Piggie is embarrassed that he did in fact forget to thank someone – the reader!

    I absolutely love the way Mo Willems decided to end this series…what a great ending!  Although this is the last book, Gerald and Piggie will continue to live on in our household.  We will still be reading these books time and time again for years to come.  I love that my daughter can kids can read these early readers on her own.  Each book is short with about 50 distinct words throughout.  My daughter feels successful when she gets to the last page because not only did she read the book, but she also understood the story and she can relate to the characters.  I’m sure my son will also follow in his sister’s footsteps once he’s ready to start reading independently.

    I’d also like to personally thank Mo Willems for his amazing ability to capture everything an early reader book should be: easy to understand words and sentences, clear illustrations, lots of repetition used throughout and most of all fun!  I think each one of the 25 books in this series is interesting and laugh out loud funny!  Thank you for making my kids excited about reading your wonderful books!

    And if you haven’t already heard, May is “Thank-O-Rama” month!  Check out the website thankorama.com to download, print, and fill out your own #ThankoRama speech bubbles.

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    Your turn:  Have you read this book with your children yet?  If so, did you enjoy it?  What is your favorite Elephant and Piggie book in this series?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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    $100 Mother’s Day Cash Giveaway!

    I really can’t believe Mother’s Day is right around the corner…where does the time go?

    Although you should honor the mothers in your life and make them feel special every day, Mother’s Day is that one day out of the year to make moms feel extra special – a time to honor them, pamper them, thank them, and bless them.

    So I’ve gotten together with a group of nine amazing bloggers in the hopes of blessing ONE lucky lady this Mother’s Day. We’ve come together to create a giveaway where we are giving away $100 in cash!  Who couldn’t use an extra $100?  I know I sure could!

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    To enter, just fill out the form below. I know that sometimes these giveaways may seem a little overwhelming with all of the entries, but I hope you’ll enter anyway.  You never know, you may just win the grand prize!  Please bear in mind we all put forth our own money for this prize in hopes of blessing one of you!  You are blessing us in return by visiting our blogs and entering our giveaway.  Good Luck!

    Thank you and Happy Mother’s Day!


    Your turn:  
    If you win this giveaway, how would you spend the money?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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