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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Ali Spizman is the fourteen year old author of this book. During her young life she has discovered the power and joy of responding positively to people, by acknowledging them for the contributions they have made to her and others. This book is a primer on how to enrich one’s life by regularly thanking our family, friends, and others whose words or actions help shape our lives.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13
Interest Level: 9 to 13
Young Reader Reaction: Pending
Adult Reader Reaction: The author’s enthusiasm for and dedication to enriching the lives of everyone around her is infectious. Her energy, imagination, and creativity are boundless and immediately captivate the reader.
Pros: The author demonstrates that the list of opportunities to express one’s appreciation through thank you notes is limitless.
Cons: In her attempt to address every possible opportunity, some of the examples and occasions for expressing one’s thanks begin to sound contrived.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. By their nature “How To” books are generally used for reference. This book would be an asset to a classroom, school library, or Guidance Counselor’s bookshelf as a reference book on etiquette.
Educational Themes: We often forget to thank the people around us who make our lives enjoyable, safe, and challenging. We have an obligation to let them know how much we appreciate their efforts. In the process of thanking those who help us, we bring joy to them and to ourselves.