The Thank-you Present
32pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Evie and Lola are best friends. They share everything and like the same things. But most of all they like July because that’s when they have their birthdays, and birthdays mean presents. But July is a long way away and they really can’t wait until then. However, when they put a plan to have their birthdays now to their Dad, he says no and explains that presents are a way of saying thank you. At first the girls don’t understand but when they do, they discover the meaning and the feeling of gratitude.
This is the first book in the five-part mindfulness-informed series, developed in collaboration with Smiling Mind, Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation in the pre-emptive mental health space. This year we have all learned that gratitude comes in many forms and the things we are grateful are not necessarily physical and tangible. Following the story, which is thought-provoking especially for littlies, there is a three-minute guided exercise focusing on gratitude for the reader to engage in as well as a suggestion for creating a thank you letter, and an activity pack to make it easier.
If there is a silver lining to the events of 2020 it is the spotlight being shone on the mental health of all ages of the community, including our youngest who don’t necessarily understand what’s been happening and why they can’t do the things they take for granted. Introducing them to the concept of being grateful for what they do have rather than grieving for what they haven’t can be a sound springboard.