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Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks    by John Bucchino & Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen order for
by John Bucchino
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2003 (2003)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This little songbook has a very big and positive outlook on life. Grateful is accompanied by a CD, and picture book and music go best together. Listen to Art Garfunkel sing 'Grateful, grateful / Truly blessed / And duly grateful', while reading John Bucchino's lyrics and enjoying Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen's warm and fuzzy illustrations of all we should celebrate around us.

Here's my favorite verse, 'Whatever stone life may sling, / We can moan ... / Or we can sing!' The words and a simplified version of the sheet music for the song are included at the back of the book. Listen to Grateful often together, in good times and bad. It's a gentle reminder, for both kids and adults, to focus on the positive in life, to be happy, and truly grateful.

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