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