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A Thank You Walk

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Wasn't able to download this before it fell off my shelf, but someone actually gave this to us recently for my daughter's birthday because we love Nancy Loewen! This was such a sweet little story and I love the focus on gratitude and positivity. My daughter absolutely loved it.
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A beautiful and charmingly illustrated story about the importance of saying thank you. This is one for parents to enjoy together with their kids.
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*book was archived or unable to be read due to formatting errors. Because of this, I unfortunately can not read or review the story*
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I received this arc from Netgalley for an honest review. This book is a simple book for kids on gratitude and how they can make a difference. Loved the illustrations.
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What an adorable, simple, little book! “Bright Start - A Thank You Walk” is a sweet and lovely tale about gratitude. It is from a new series of books by the author, Nancy Loewen called ‘Bright Start’. “A Thank You Walk” is the first of these that I have read.

When I opened this wonderful book, my first thoughts were how well it had been illustrated by Hazel Michelle Quintanilla. 

The illustrations are engaging though simple and are mostly black and white, with a little colour. I loved the presence of Duke, the dog, who had tonnes of character.

“Bright Start - A Thank You Walk” communicates a positive message about being aware of the things that everyone should be thankful for, which is a valuable life lesson to take forward.

The text is straight-forward and easy to understand for small ones and it is nicely complemented by the good, strong artwork. This wonderful book is very well balanced between the story and the message it delivers.

I found this book honest and entertaining and I really appreciated this lovely, winsome tale. I would definitely recommend it and I think the book would make a lovely addition to any family library. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for the ARC. This is my honest and totally voluntary opinion.
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A simple way of teaching a child to be thankful.  Mom and child go for a walk.  The bird chirping are saying thank you for the bird seed, the playful puppy is saying thank you for taking care of it, etc. Once again the author does an amazing job with the illustrations using only 2 colors.
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When I was young, my maternal grandpa loved to take me on walks. One of his favorite stories he would recount to me when I was older was about the time I spotted a robin ahead of us on the sidewalk. I hunched down and watched it intently for several minutes, then I tried to waddle after it to get closer. It looked at me and, apparently not sensing a threat, let me approach. My Grandpa Claire was just tickled every time when he'd describe how we were practically nose to beak, studying each other.

I now have fond memories of taking my daughters walking around town. It began with exploring my Indiana neighborhood when I had only one daughter, who sometimes slept in the stroller during these excursions. Now I get to take both of my girls to my favorite Wisconsin trails. We might notice birds flying overhead or pinecones and acorns scattered on the ground. When we are along the river, there might be boats that catch our eye or conversations carried across the water that we pick up on. The slow pace of these walks allows us to seek out details we'd miss if we were rushing by in a car, and it gives us opportunities for conversations we might not otherwise have.

A Thank You Walk is a short picture book that shows a mother and child enjoying each other's company while they take a walk. They notice the chirping birds at the feeder and the mom narrates how they are thanking them for the food. Through this modeling in other examples, at the close of the story, the young child helps a beetle turn upright and, as the insect flies away, the child declares that it is thanking them for intervening.

It is a darling, sweet read that enforces the special moments that can take place through a short walk and models how meaningful simple conversations can be in such a setting. And I'm thankful for the way it called to mind the special story my grandfather would tell me; he is now gone, and it was a treat to recall his joy when telling stories such as the one I shared above.

(I received a digital ARC from Quarto Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)
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I like the moral of the story of showing thanks and gratitude for nice things or for getting help. I enjoy the style of art and how it’s simple and easy to follow. I feel like even as a children’s book, it was still a bit lacking. It needed a bit more… idk story? Excitement? Pages? ….something.
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What a fun book. I've read it with my six year old boy, it was easy for him to read it by himself. The writing and the story is adorable. Teaches you about others.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Quatro Publishing Group for this read in exchange for my honest review.

I think this sweet book would be perfect for young children and toddlers. The sentences have a singsong pattern and the simple pictures with a splash of color catch your attention.

The story very accurately depicts how children see the world and will connect well.
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This a sweet story of a mother and child doing & noticing little acts of kindness during their walk, and seeing how others are appreciating and grateful for those little things ("The birds chirp-chirp-chirp at the feeder. "They're saying thank you for the seeds," says Mummy.") I was expecting the mother and child to be expressing gratitude for what they see during they're walk. This took a different approach than I expected, but it's even better. The child (& reader) are seeing the gratitude of many different creatures, while also seeing the happiness and gratitude of the mother and child. The illustrations are simple, but engaging. This is a great addition for any boardbook collection!
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'Bright Start - A Thank You Walk: A story about gratitude' with words by Nancy Loewenand and illustrations by Hazel Michelle Quintanilla is part of a series aimed at teaching emotional intelligence to the very young.

Mother and daughter go for a walk.  Along the way, they help a beetle get flipped over, feed a horse and some birds.  All the animals they help feel grateful, and so does mother for getting to take this walk.

The series is aimed at 1-3 year olds, and I think the cute pictures and short sentences will captivate young readers.  Teaching gratitude to the young seems like a brilliant idea to me.  The more thankful we can be, the more our well-being is improved.  The world could use more gratitude.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Quarto Publishing Group - words & pictures, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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A Thank You Walk is a simple and sweet story of gratitude. As the little one and mom take a walk they notice birds chirping, their dog’s tail wagging, and many signs of gratefulness. I enjoyed the illustrations and simple style and would recommend this book for probably 2-4 year olds. 
Thank you Quarto Publishing and NetGalley for the chance to view this title.
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Mom and little girl take dog for a walk. Everywhere they go they encounter someone or something that’s grateful, from the birds to a horse to a beetle.
It’s a little heavy-handed, but I doubt a kid small enough to be interested in this will notice.
Orange is the only color used other than black and white, which is strange—even the dog’s tongue is orange—but considering it’s my favorite I’m okay with it. Whether the kid reading this minds. . . you’ll have to ask them.
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This is a very charming book for small children. The retro style pictures are done in different shades of the three colors orange, black, and white and they are adorable. Every spread contains two or three sentences in child friendly language, telling the story of a mother and her daughter going on a thank-you-walk. While they interact with each other and a variety of animals, the animals show their gratitude for the small things in life in their own language. At the end of the story, mother and daughter express their appreciation and gratitude for each other. The story is easy to follow and enjoyable and at the same time supporting emotional intelligence.
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A cute early toddler book about walking with her Mom and dog and all the ways animals and bugs say thank you. Her Mom and the little girl love their walks together, noticing everything around them. Great little book for small toddlers!
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I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Quarto Publishing Group - words & pictures and Netgalley for my unbiased opinion of the book. I loved this book! The layout was great and the simple clean drawings. The story was cute with the message that we should be thankful for everything every day. I will be buying this for a great-niece’s birthday coming up!!!
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Bright Start- A Thank you Walk is a sweet story that introduces toddlers to the world around them. Using 3 colors it relays a wealth of emotion and good feelings. It has adorable illustrations and promotes kindness and thankfulness for the things we do for others. A sweet story!
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Every story in the "Bright Start" series develops and nurtures a child's emotional intelligence.  

A toddler and her mom take their adorable dog Duke for a walk and experience many instances in their familiar world where gratefulness is implemented.  Birds at a feeder are chirping, saying thank you for their seeds, a horse receives a carrot as a treat and responds with gratitude ( just to cite a few ), and the story culminates in a family group hug each thanking the other for such a pleasant walk and for the quality time they spent together.  

The illustrations are simple, expressive and calming.  "A Thank You Walk" is a wonderful introduction to a discussion on expressing feelings and the importance of using manners in every day situations.   

Saying thank you when someone does something special nice for you help you develop strong, healthy relationships.  I really enjoyed the book and certainly would recommend it.
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This is such a sweet children's book with simple but stunning graphics. Reminds me of the old style annuals I use to read as a child. This is what this book immediately makes you feel, warm and comforted. It's a lovely story with a nice meaning.
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