In the bilingual Gracias~Thanks, written by Pat and illustrated by John Parra, a boy relates the many things that he is thankful for. Here’s a page from the book:
“For my friend Billy, who showed me the book about a boy giant who puts his little parents on top of a tall tree when they misbehave, thanks.”
Kirkus gave the book a starred review: “Mora has a keen sense of the concrete, child-friendly detail, and it’s put to splendid use here. Readers will find themselves nodding in agreement as the unnamed narrator gives thanks to the ladybug that lands on his finger, the bees that don’t sting him and his little brother, who throws mashed peas at their sister … For this graceful celebration, ¡gracias!”
In Yum! ¡Mmm! ¡Qué Rico! America’s Sproutings, written by Pat and illustrated by Rafael López, a collection of haiku celebrates foods native to the Americas. (Also available in a Spanish edition.) Here’s a page from the book:
Leaves sprout silk-snug house.
Smell grits, tortillas, corn bread.
Pass the butter, please.
Book Links said about the book: “Mora’s descriptive poetry features wonderful word choices and gets it right to the essence of each food.”