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Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Message of Thanks...

It's here, it's here!
Everybody shout and cheer!
That wonderful day of giving and sharing is finally upon us.

So from me to you, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
May your gatherings be merry and time pass you slowly as you celebrate this special time of year.  It is often a custom to count ones blessings on this thank filled day...among them I would list my family, my friends (yep, that includes YOU out there), and life in general.  It may not be perfect, but it's mine and so I'm thankful to have the chance to live it the best way I know how.

As for a book choice for today, I received a little something in the mail last week that was a perfect my mind at least.  It was received as a thank you from a publisher for a review or two I did on their titles a few months ago; rather unexpected, and quite a nice gesture.  Today's featured title is...

A Native American Good Morning Message
Chief Jake Swamp
illustrated by
Erwin Printup, Jr.

This short but well intentioned book is based on actual messages of thanks used by the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois).  Combined with simple yet beautiful artwork to stir the soul and open the mind, the messages of gratitude for the sun, the earth, the wind, the rain and everything in between pour forth on an endless stream of poetry.  No matter your beliefs, the sentiments portrayed here can be appreciated.  Interesting point...there is a Mohawk version of the story at book's end, literally in their native tongue, adding to the educational and historical value of the book. 

A great way to remember a few of the basic things we have to be thankful for today and every day, this title couldn't have arrived at a better time.  On a sad note, the man behind the book, author Chief Jake Swamp, passed away last month...but his memory will live on in the words he imparted to readers young and old in this thanks filled tale as well as with the work of the Tree of Peace Society of which he was the founder.  Recommended reading more so for the little ones just getting their minds around the ideas associated to the holiday but would certainly work as an extension of anyone's thanks giving celebrations.

Special thanks to LEE and Low Books for the gift is much appreciated.  For more information on this title and a glimpse at their full catalog, check out their website or follow along on Twitter.

Until next time...have a Happy Thanksgiving...and happy reading!


The1stdaughter said...

Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you! I'm so grateful to count you in my circle of friends and also grateful for this wonderful community that brought us together. I definitely wouldn't be able to continue without you and all your support. Thank you so much! :o)

This is definitely a book I'd love to read. Much of my heritage is from the Cherokee Indians and so anytime I can find more writing from any tribe I love to read it. Fantastic review as usual!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Happy Thanksgiving! You rock! You're always so sweet and supportive and I am very grateful for that.

Felicity Grace Terry said...

And a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well. Such a honour to know you, I never thought friendship could be found this way - how wrong I was.

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Have a fabulous long weekend. :)

Alexia561 said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

This sounds like a lovely book, no matter what your beliefs. Thanks for sharing! :)

Gina said...

the1stdaughter: As I am you! Wow...sounds like this one may be a great little add in to your tribal love. Hope you enjoy! (...and hope your Thanksgiving was grand!) ^_^ {hugs}

Juju: Aww....thanks Juju! As are you my blog visiting, commenting, and oh so fab friend! ^_^

Petty Witter: You know, I have to agree...I doubted it myself but the friends I've made through this online community are near and dear to my heart. ^_^

Dorothy Dreyer: Thanks Dorothy! Hope your holiday was fabulous. ^_^

Alexia561: Agreed...I think it's one that the sentiments transcend religious differences. Hope your holiday was all you hoped it would be and more!

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