The Gratitude Goggles: A Children's Book About Positivity and Appreciation of Life

Wholesome Children: Self Awareness

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Pub Date 20 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 04 Jan 2024

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Extensive research provides support for the positive effects of gratitude on well-being and on physical and mental health. But how can we give our children an understanding of the value of gratitude?

The Gratitude Goggles guides children as they imagine a special pair of goggles that can appear by simply feeling gratitude. These are goggles that reveal the world in its true, colorful splendor. The book explains the pitfalls of comparison and want, which can cast a gray pall over everything—as if we were wearing gray goggles. But fear not; we can always trade our gray goggles for the sparkling gratitude ones, thereby illuminating life's wonders!

Extensive research provides support for the positive effects of gratitude on well-being and on physical and mental health. But how can we give our children an understanding of the value of gratitude?...


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I am going to order this book to read with my students and children at home. I love the simple, but powerful message. The illustrations help make the connection for younger children. And I also needed this reminder as an adult. Love it!

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This was a cute story about viewing the world with gratitude. Perfect for introducing the concept to littles. Explains what happens when we look at the world through the view of being thankful.

Much gratitude to Net Galley and BooksGoSocial for the temporary ARC to review.

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This book is so perfect to try to teach children (and everyone!) to remember to be grateful for the things that they have. Reminding everyone to be grateful instead of always wanting more material items is a great lesson for everyone.

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Sweet illustrations, lovely message. We can all use gratitude goggles sometimes, and this is a nice reminder of how intentional putting them on can be. I like the metaphor and I appreciate the action-minded advice.

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This bright children’s book introduces the practice of gratitude in a gentle and accessible way for young readers. The use of goggles to contrast the experience of shifting focus to what we are grateful for is a great physical prompt to help kids to shift their thinking. The writing is light, easy to follow and expressive, and the illustrations are bright and textured. This would be a great book to read together, to prompt discussion about practicing gratefulness each day, establishing healthy habits early on.

Thank you BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of this book.

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What a simple yet wonderful message! I love the open ended questions in this book along with the positive messages. I’ll definitely be buying it for my social skills class!

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This book is very sweet and covers important adult topics in a way that children can comprehend.

Not only does it give insight on how to be grateful, the benefits of being grateful, and things we can be grateful for. It also shows the contrasting side, of how life can be when we forget to be grateful or think the grass is greener on the other side.

The illustrations are colourful and captivating as well as inclusive.

This is a great fun read that’s also educational for children

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The Gratitude Goggles by Andrea Mendoza-Vasconez, PHD and illustrated by Rita Nilson is a beautiful book that helps young students understand the abstract concept of gratitude. It gives young children concrete examples of what gratitude is and what happens to our sense of well-being when we don't show gratitude and instead express unhappiness with what we don't have instead. I like the visual of seeing things in gray and how it has a negative impact on our mental well being and that things will only get darker, but when we put on our gratitude goggles we see things in bright colors and feel a sense of happiness. I like that it gave examples of things to be grateful for that are not monetary items such as family, the sky, health, fishing, birds singing, etc.

I am a second grade teacher and when we talk about gratitude and what we are thankful for, lots of kids can only thing of superficial things and it takes some conversation to get them to think things beyond that. This book would be a great way to give them some other ideas to think about.

My own children are always comparing what they have to others and I am going to read this to them to remind them of the importance of being thankful for the things they have.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful and will help children of all ages grasp the important concept of gratitude. As a teacher I love teaching through literature and this is such a great book to use in and out of the classroom. It's a great book to continually return to as a mentor text and reminder of all the things there are to be thankful for.

Thank you Netgalley and Andrea Mendoza-Vasconez for for this beautiful and important book. I voluntarily read it and gave my honest review.

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Sweet, affirming book about teaching our children how to see and express gratitude. Just put on the gratitude goggles and change your perspective. Change your perspective, change your behavior. Change your behavior, change your perspective. Easy to say, hard to do. Any message to turn on the "light" of gratitude is a good one and this book is one such contribution. Worth the time and attention of any family.

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Wow! What a great lesson in this story! I would definitely read this to my daughter several times. I also really loved the colors!

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An adorably illustrated book discussing just how much better life is when you are grateful for the things that you have. When you are looking at the world with gratitude for what you have your life is vibrant, but when you compare yourself to others so much that you are no longer grateful for your thing, life gets gloomy.

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A lovely, colorful book for children to help them learn and understand and practice gratitude. Simple sentences, bright and big artwork, and simple rhyming make this a perfect book for a lapsit, or storytime read-a-loud story. Perfect for libraries Growing Up and Me sections.

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This is a very short, sweet book about practicing gratitude. The content is delivered by taking about people who look at the world through grey-tinted glasses and then people who look at the world through "gratitude goggles." It's a wonderful message with an age=appropriate metaphor. The illustrations are detailed and colorful, which I'm sure will entertain children, even if they can't read the text alone. This was lovely!

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I love this description of how we start seeing things when we only see what others have and can’t see and take a breath to notice all the things we do have that make life exciting.

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WOW! WOW!WOW!

Alongside these beautiful and captivating illustrations is such an important and relevant message in todays time. I think a lot of parents are struggling with the things addressed In this book. It's so important to instill gratitude in our children at a young age.... the thought of being grateful can become so lost with social media outlets and consumerism. Gratitude is the real key to HAPPINESS...

I truly appreciate this important adult topic being shown in a way that children can comprehend and parents can reflect on while reading to their little ones.

Thank you BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for an early copy in exchange for my honest review.

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I loved this book. Understanding what gratitude is is an important part of the next generation. The author lets children know that gratitude isn't just material things, but it is all around us. The book was beautifully illustrated and it speaks to children in a positive fashion. I highly recommend this book.
Thank you to BooksGoSocial, NetGalley and the author for a digital ARC of The Gratitude Goggles in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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The gratitude goggles is a wonderful children's book about the importance of gratitude in your life, and takes a very colorful and effective approach to illustrating the message. We follow a brother and sister who's looking through life with "gray" goggles. Something is missing, they don't feel right and they have a never ending list of wants and desires. But then they try on the gratitude goggles and their world is filled with color! They are grateful for the blue sky and green trees. For the people they love and the food and things they do have. I also love that they discuss helping others feeling gratitude and spreading to the good feelings all around :)

It's a nice reminder to practice gratitude every day to stay grounded and appreciate all that we have in the world. I'm definitely going pick this book up when it gets published and add it to my children's library :)

My only note, and this just may be a me thing... But when the book talks about the gray goggles, I related a lot to it as someone who struggles with depression. But the message could come across as "oh you're not depressed, you just need to be grateful for what you and you'll feel better!" But as we all know, it's not that easy. But that was my only hesitation.

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This was cute and explained gratitude for children in a very digestible way. It definitely helps explain perspective to kids while also not minimizing their feelings.

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This is a cute book and the illustrations are outstanding. It is a good way to introduce comparison and materialism versus gratitude to children.

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A very nice reminder for kids to appreciate what they do have and not what they don't have. A positive happy book. Very cute!

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this book is stunning!! the illustrations are sweet and it does has a messages. I would love to recommend this book to help you to teach children to learn for gratitude~

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A very colorful book about teaching gratitude and what it means to be grateful. I liked the illustrations and the text is simple for kids to understand. This would be a good book for teachers to use when teaching about gratitudes.

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A book that should be read frequently as a reminder to be grateful and not to compare our lives to others. A sweet, gentle focus on gratitude. Focusing on our blessings instead of what we don’t have. Lovely illustrations. Highly recommend.

I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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This was such a short and cute story about gratitude. I absolutely loved the illustrations. This would be a great story to read to an elementary classroom to teach them about gratitude and to be grateful for the people and things in our lives. Will definitely be purchasing to keep in my son’s personal library.

Thank you Andrea Mendoza-Vasconez for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Simple, efficient and on the cute side, to say the least, this shows a young audience what it is like to live under grey clouds – or rather, with grey spectacles of our own choosing. It then contrasts that with, not a rose-tinted outlook, but a pure rainbow effect of dazzling pleasure when we realise just how much we should be grateful for. An easy way to change our mood, then, and to create a pass-it-on kind of ethos, for those glasses don't have to stay ours forever. Yes, this is more purpose and intent than it is entertainment, but it certainly looks fine enough to be grabbed for on more than one occasion. A strong four stars.

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Thank you for the advanced copy of The Gratitude Googles.
As an adult that sometimes struggles with finding gratitude daily, I wish that this type of book existed when I was a young child! This is such a great story about finding the positives in each day and being sure to share those with people around you. This is a great book for morning meetings at school and even a great book to lead a lesson for counselors in elementary and maybe even middle school. I also think this is a great story to share with my son who is a toddler. Thank you again!

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This book contains a simple, but powerful message – – to be grateful for what you have. It’s an easy way to explain to children look at the world differently-with eyes of gratitude. I think this will be great for Kindergarten second grade students. I would combine it with a craft activity or students could color their own glasses.

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A beautiful picture book about showing gratitude in our daily lives. I loved the message, encouraging us to see what we have and notice the positive things in our life. This would be great for younger readers.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC. All thoughts are my own.

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A powerful message for children about looking at their life and being grateful for the the things that are in it.

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Cute little book, I think it is best for older kids (7-8+yo) but it's a nice book. Teaches you to be grateful and I liked that. I wished that when the kids put the gray googles, the drawings should've been gray too, at least some things do you could kinda see the contrast of what the book is talking about.

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A unique book to teach your littles about the benefits of gratitude and how it can affect your well being and mental health. Engaging prose and colorful illustrations make the point come alive.

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I love the beautiful message about Gratitude, this is important for children to learn and parents can help by setting a wonderful example of showing Gratitude in their lives. Children watch and learn from their parents so mirror the behaviour you want your children to possess.
Author did a wonderful job with this story of Gratitude and sharing the Gratitude Goggles with others. So many things in life to be Grateful for all of Gods creations surrounding us everyday..
Artwork is very beautiful as well.

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The Gratitude Goggles is a lovely children’s book with lots of great illustrations and ideas on what you can be grateful for. I loved that it is also interactive and asks questions. I read this with my 7 year old and he enjoyed it too!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Everyone needs to be thankful! Just think about how nice this world would be if we were all more thankful and appreciative of life around us! The illustrations are wonderful and relevant too.

This simple book guides us to be thankful. It is full of positivity and appreciation. I loved this book. Thank you to Wholesome children's books and net galley for allowing me to read this book.

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Thank you Netgalley, Andrea Mendoza-Vasconez, and BooksGoSocial for this copy. This book is adorable and I will definitely be using the term “gratitude goggles” as my girls get older. My 3 year old daughter liked the book but is a little young to fully understand the meaning. We talked about some ways it’s relevant to her. The pictures are gorgeous and I can’t wait to reread this as she gets older. I love the message she will receive.

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This was a nice book told from the perspective of a little girl visiting her grandmother. It talks about some of the things they do and what she likes about being with her grandmother. I think this would be a good book to help students brainstorm writing ideas when writing about memories of family members or when writing what they like about certain family members.

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