My Amazing Day: A Celebration of Wonder and Gratitude

My Amazing Day51l75jxemhL__SX258_BO1,204,203,200_My Amazing Day: A Celebration of Wonder and Gratitude

Karin Fisher-Golton, Author

Lori A. Cheung, Photographer and Elizabeth Iwamiya, Designer

Pacific Dogwood Press, Fiction,  Nov. 1, 2013

Suitable for ages: 0-3

Themes: Wonder, Beauty, Gratitude

Opening“Today was amazing. In the morning, I heard singing.”

Book Jacket Synopsis: Every day is amazing! The ordinary world is extraordinary when seen through little one’s eyes. My Amazing Day is a remarkable everyday journey that ends with a happy burst of gratitude. People have long experienced that expressing gratitude brings them happiness. Now scientific studies show that  expressing gratitude leads to many health benefits as well. Sharing My Amazing Day can be a joyful way to help establish habits of gratitude with the youngest people in your life.

Why I like this book: Karin Fisher-Golton has written a charming and beautiful story about a toddler who experiences wonder in her day. Young children easily live in the moment. The text is very vivid and simple as a little girl awakens to a bird singing, eats a squishy banana for breakfast, bursts bubbles, plays with a furry pet and sees pictures in the clouds. The book ends with a beautiful “thank you” from the child for each experience she’s had during her day. This book is a gem and a perfect first book to gift a new mother. The photographs by Lori A Cheung  are luminous, joyful and a feast for the eyes. The design by Elizabeth Iwamiya is clean and fun. It is a board book toddlers can easily hold in their hands.

Resources: Visit Karin Fisher-Golton at her website. Use this book as a starting point because it is a resource to help your child notice the beauty and joy in the world around them–jumping in a puddle, eating an ice cream cone or picking a fistful of flowers. Show them how to cultivate gratitude by saying thank to the puddle, the ice cream cone and flower. This will come easily for children and be a good reminder for parents to cultivate the same virtue within themselves.

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