Review of I'm So Thankful for My School Supplies

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Review of I'm So Thankful for My School Supplies

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "I'm So Thankful for My School Supplies" by Jamal Blair.]
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At first glance at the title of this children’s book, one may be tempted to dismiss it as a humdrum topic. Few kids would be thankful for school supplies. New shoes or a new hairstyle may bring a smile to a student’s face at the beginning of the school year, but hardly anyone would be excited about getting a new eraser.

Teacher, author, and illustrator Jamal Blair quickly allays any doubts about the engagement factor of this read. Starting with the dedication, the rhymes in this 39-page book entertain and engage the reader with clever phrases and a smooth rhythm.

Written in an AABBA rhyming scheme, a clue to the school supply’s identity is presented first, followed by its name and illustration on the next page. Blair’s drawings are simple and realistic, sprinkled with a dash of animation to keep the target age group engaged. The picture of the calculator is one of my favorites. The number displayed is 0.7734, a rite of passage for a first-time calculator owner: learning how to spell hello when the calculator is turned upside down. Virtues of 15 school supplies were extolled. The items ranged from crayons to folders to scissors, and I especially appreciated the clue for the lowly eraser: “If I write and regret my decision, Then, forgiving me is your sole mission.”

I reviewed the Kindle edition of this book, and it was perfect for holding the suspense before turning the page to find out if I had guessed the object correctly. Another benefit of an online edition is that it allows family members and other adults to share the reading experience remotely with a child.

I rate I’m So Thankful for My School Supplies! 4 out of 4 stars. There was nothing I disliked in this delightful read. The rhythm and message of the verses will keep children engaged and encourage them to appreciate everyday school supplies they may have taken for granted. I recommend this book for readers ages 3 through 7. The format would work well in a classroom as a riddle exercise. The words are not phonetically challenging—the teacher part of the author has ensured this—but conscientious readers will need a dictionary to learn the meaning of a few terms.

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I loved the format of this book. It would be fun to solve the riddles with children. I'm sure the kids will love it. Thanks for your recommendation!
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The title captivated me and made me want to discover the book. I enjoyed the review and after reading it, I wished I had this author as my teacher :)
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The rhythm and message of the verses will keep children engaged and encourage them to appreciate everyday school supplies they may have taken for granted. A great children’s book.
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This book seems thrilling and relieving for children. The presence of rhymes and drawings consolidates its quality
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Kids can learn a lot from this book knowing how important that u have your own supplies of school stuff and appreciate them.
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khaulah wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 00:38 I loved the format of this book. It would be fun to solve the riddles with children. I'm sure the kids will love it. Thanks for your recommendation!
I was impressed with how the author kept the rhyming scheme throughout the entire book. Both the dedication and the afterword kept the flow intact. It was indeed a fun read.

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Yasmine M wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 04:26 The title captivated me and made me want to discover the book. I enjoyed the review and after reading it, I wished I had this author as my teacher :)
The author is quite a talented teacher--and illustrator! Judging from his rhythm and rhyming abilities, I wouldn't be surprised if he was a musician too. 🎶

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I like the fact that this book teaches children to be grateful for their school supplies in a fun and interactive way. It sounds like the author put a lot of thought into writing and illustrating it.

Thank you for your wonderful review and analysis.
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Always grateful to the school supplies. The book sounds great and memorable. And after reading your review, I learnt how to say hello on a calculators- Amazing!
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Josephe-Anne wrote: 15 Sep 2022, 09:23 I like the fact that this book teaches children to be grateful for their school supplies in a fun and interactive way. It sounds like the author put a lot of thought into writing and illustrating it.

Thank you for your wonderful review and analysis.
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Yes, the author did put a fresh spin on these school supplies. Solving the clues would be a fun classroom exercise.

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Okorji98 wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 05:18 The rhythm and message of the verses will keep children engaged and encourage them to appreciate everyday school supplies they may have taken for granted. A great children’s book.
It is a clever children's book indeed. The author is obviously a teacher who knows how to engage his students.
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Olomofe wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 11:10 This book seems thrilling and relieving for children. The presence of rhymes and drawings consolidates its quality
The clues wrapped in rhyme and rhythm do make an entertaining, all-encompassing reading experience.

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Jermaine Moonsamy wrote: 13 Sep 2022, 11:27 Kids can learn a lot from this book knowing how important that u have your own supplies of school stuff and appreciate them.
Yes, I liked how the author included gratitude without it being overbearing. He gently guided the reader to the realization that their supplies were valuable.

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Kavita Shah wrote: 15 Sep 2022, 09:41 And after reading your review, I learnt how to say hello on a calculators- Amazing!
I'm probably showing my age, but that was a fun reminder of sitting in class with our new calculators figuring out words we could spell. :D

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