Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Grateful Jake by Emily Madill and Izabela Bzymek

A homework assignment on gratitude leaves Jake completely stumped. After all, he's just an ordinary 8 year old boy - what's so great about that? But a weekend of adventures opens his eyes to the true meaning of gratitude, and just how lucky he is that it's always within his reach. This engagingly illustrated picture book will help introduce your young readers to the concept of gratitude, and the accompanying Grateful Jake Resource Guide (also available from Amazon) will help you expand on those ideas with activities your whole family will enjoy.

My Thoughts:

Grateful Jake is a wonderful educational children's book. It teaches children to be grateful for the things they have, instead of focusing on what they want. In the beginning of the book, Jake thinks there is no way he can do his homework. His teacher assigns a paper about ten things he is grateful for. Jake doesn't think he has anything to be grateful for. He takes everything for granted. After he has an awesome weekend taking care of his garden and playing with his brother, he realizes he has a lot to be thankful for. This a great bedtime story parents can read to their children. They can also use it as a learning experience by asking their children what they are grateful for. I recommend this book for children ages 3-9 and their parents as well. 

I give Grateful Jake : 5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://www.authorsresources.ca/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/emilymadill
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EmilyMadill
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5870447.Emily_Madill

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.


  1. This looks like such a cute book! The boy reminds me of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack but I look at a picture of him now and I'm not really sure why I thought that... >__<
    But it still sounds like a sweet book. I'm guessing Izabela Byzmek drew the illustrations? If so I must say how much I love the cover! I can tell the illustrations inside are great too (:

  2. That book sounds really goos. Love the cover as well.
    Please follow me as well, and have a look at my books in the Talon series.

    Great, cheers