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Give Thanks to the Lord: Celebrating Psalm 92 [Hardcover]

By Karma Wilson (Author) & Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
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A boy gives thanks to the Lord for all that he has in this illustrated interpretation of Psalm XCII.

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Written by Karma Wilson, an established awardwinning author.In this heartwarming story that references Psalm 92, award-winning children's author Karma Wilson tells a story about the Thanksgiving holiday that hitsjust the right tone. Told from the point of view of one young member of an extended family, Give Thanks to the Lord celebrates all the joys of the autumn holiday, from the arrival of distant relatives to a cozy house filled with noisy good cheer to apple cider and the delicious smells of roasting turkey and baking pies. And just when mouths are watering, the family sits down, holds hands, and says a prayer of thanks to God for 'food and fun and family, all the wonderful things we see.' Young readers will delight in each tender rhyme as they learn to appreciate their own many blessings in this full-color picture book for kids. KARMA WILSON Her first poem was published at the tender age of six. The poem was ironically titled, 'I Don't Wanna Write a Poem!' Growing up, she had no desire to write. But Providence had different plans, and now Karma writes poems for a living when she's not busy being a wife and raising threekids. In her spare hours Karma spends time in the wilderness, lifts weights, cooks, and kickboxes. And she loves writing. Karma lives in Fione, MT.AMY JUNE BATES has illustrated dozens of children's books. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband and their son, Evan.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zonderkidz
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.26" Width: 8.94" Height: 0.35"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  4-8
ISBN  0310711185  
ISBN13  9780310711186  
UPC  025986711184  

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More About Karma Wilson & Amy June Bates

Karma Wilson Karma Wilson is the author of the New York Times best-sellers Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More, both illustrated by Jane Chapman. She lives just outside of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Jim McMullan is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in a variety of books for adults and young readers. He has been internationally recognized for his seventy posters for Lincoln Center Theater. McMullan received the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award in 2002 for the picture book I Stink!, and he has also won the Society of Illustrator's prestigious Hamilton King Award.

Karma Wilson currently resides in the state of Idaho.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > Picture Books
3Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Christianity > Ages 9-12
4Books > Subjects > Children > Religions > Fiction > Fiction

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Reviews - What do customers think about Give Thanks To The Lord?

Attractive illustrations, nice text, Thanksgiving centered  Aug 23, 2009
This story frames Psalm 92 around a family's Thanksgiving celebration as seen through the eyes of a little boy. The illustrations are attractive watercolors that contribute to the homey, welcoming feel of the Thanksgiving celebration. You see him thankful for times shared with family and for all of the wonderful food. The text is done in a rhyming fashion. An example:

The day is lovely, cool, and bright.
Our house is filled with noisy cheer.
A perfect day for giving thanks
as we all gather here.

It is good to give thanks to the Lord!

This is a nice enough book, but it's not a must-have. We had previously read the author's book I Will Rejoice which is charming, oh-so-enjoyable, and read very frequently in our household, especially to my three girls, ages 6, 4, and 2. This book, however, is not read nearly as often. It just doesn't have the same rhythm and flow as you read it. It's a nice enough book for a Christian look at Thanksgiving for the preschoooler, just not quite as great as I expected.
Great book to have on hand for Thanksgiving time...  Feb 20, 2009
We love this book; bought it to have in our collection for reading with the kids during fall/Thanksgiving time of year. It is fun reading, with good respect to family gathering, sharing love, food, cherished times with our families/loved ones. Our son, now 7, puts it on the top for reading just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; we usually read it several times during the fall season.
A good Thanksgiving selection  Dec 23, 2008
At first I was a little disappointed that this book doesn't have the same rhythm as the Bear stories, which I like so much. However I guess that meter is appropiately unique to that series. This is the first book of Wilson's Psalms series that I have purchased, but the others continue to be on my wish list.

First page:
It is good to give thanks to the Lord!

Friends and family here at last.
Hugs and kisses all around
Everybody says "Hello!"
Laughter makes a merry sound.

From the middle of the book:
The house fills up with tempting smells--
turkey, stuffing, yummy pies!
And just when we can't wait much more,
"It's ready!" Mama cries. . . .

The table makes a lovely sight./ The food is good, it tastes just right./I savor every single bite./ I feel so full of love tonight.

Last verse:
I'm so tired I have to yawn/as we all say our sad goodbyes./I climb in bed, whisper prayers,/get a good-night kiss and shut my eyes.// And it's good, so good to give thanks to the Lord.

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord!" is the refrain repeated often in the text, and the picture of the boy with black olives stuck on all his fingers (mentioned in the editorial reviews) is a favorite of mine too. This book is a welcome addition to our Thanksgiving collection - not an easy holiday to find meaningful selections for.
Give Thanks to the Lord for a wonderful daughter artist  Nov 1, 2008
This is a biased review: My daughter illustrated the book and used my wife and I as the models. It is dedicated to us. If there were 10 stars I would check all ten! Amy June Bates is the best illustrator of children's books in the country. Possibly the world! :o)

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