Grateful Jake

Children - Picture Book
35 Pages
Reviewed on 01/04/2022
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Author Biography

Chris Hardy, a native of California, decided to finally pursue her long-time dream of writing books that touch the hearts of children and adults alike. "Jake and the Pandemic" was her first book and it was inspired by her nieces' experiences during the pandemic as well as the adorable dog, Jake, who she adopted after the passing of her neighbor. Her second book, "Jake's Dreamland: Jake and the Purple Unicorn," was released in December 2021 and her third & fourth books, "Grateful Jake" and "Jake and the Biggest Yawn Ever," were released in early 2022.

Her writing goals are to create engaging stories filled with humor, life lessons and education to not only help children but also to help them thoroughly enjoy their book reading experience.

When she isn't engaged in her creative outlet of writing, she runs her business that she has owned since 2002 selling natural products. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks with Jake, playing tennis with her 80-year-old mom, hiking in forests, riding bikes at the beach, vacationing in Hawaii, spending time with family and being grateful for all the good that is in her life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

What are you grateful for? Are you grateful for a warm house in which to live, food to eat, water to drink, toys to play with, books to read? There are so many things to be grateful for. I bet you can make a list much longer than mine. Jake has a lot to be grateful for. He was rescued off the streets and placed in a loving home where he feels safe, warm, protected, fed, and, best of all, loved. He has a story to tell about his gratitude and he wants you to join him and add some of your own gratitude to the list.

Chris Hardy’s picture book story, Grateful Jake, is more than a charming dog story. It’s a compassionate look at an important topic: gratitude. We go through life often taking so many things for granted when, like Jake, we have much to be grateful for. After a short introduction from Jake and how he came to be a rescue dog, the author uses this sweet little dog as the role model and storyteller. Through Jake’s eyes and words, the author leads young readers through a list of things they should be grateful for. Each new item on the list begins with: “I am so grateful …” Young readers will instantly latch onto this repetitive use of the phrase and will start to recognize the words (a good introduction to reading).

With bright, bold, colorful, and interactive illustrations, the young reader will see so many things to consider for their own gratitude list. For example, when Jake says, “I am so grateful I can … SMELL!”, there are images of him sniffing the fresh baking coming out of the oven, the flowers in the garden, and, yes, of course, what dogs do best when they meet another dog (sniff their butts). There are serious examples, compassionate examples, and funny examples of things to be grateful for. This might, at first glance, appear to be a book of lists, but it’s much more: it’s a story with a lesson, one that can be interactively shared with readers of all ages.

Barbara Fanson

The awesome 3D-looking images with rich tones will draw you into the book Grateful Jake and the story will make you glad you did open it. This is one in a collection of books including Jake and the Pandemic and Jake and the Purple Unicorn. Author Chris Hardy has created a wonderful story from a dog’s perspective? What does he see, hear, and smell while walking around the neighborhood? Chris Hardy reminds us to be grateful for the many things around us that others may not have. If we all develop an attitude of gratitude, we’d all be much happier. This book offers refuge from the stressful events happening in the world: the pandemic, floods, forest fires, etc. and reminds us to count our blessings—not our stressors. Subtle reminders of being mindful of the little things around us will help us in our daily lives.

Each page of Grateful Jake is filled with intriguing concepts for teachers and parents to interact with children. Very imaginative and funny images fill the pages by illustrator Wally_LL (Victoria Osipova). Children will enjoy the whimsical artwork and the silliness of what dogs and other animals can do. There is so much to see on every page that children—and adults—will want to explore. Author Chris Hardy has written a must-have book for every school, public, and home library. She asks questions to make us ponder, such as “What are you grateful for?” Jake the dog has been through so much but has adapted to each of his situations, so he’s become an expert on appreciating the small things.

Natalie Soine

Grateful Jake by Chris Hardy tells the story of when Jake escaped from his home and got lost. Scared, cold, and hungry, Jake spent some time on the streets wishing for the basic things - just enough to survive from day to day. Fortunately, Jake was found and taken in by a loving, caring person. Jake makes a commitment never to wander away from home again and creates a list of all the things for which he is grateful including love, hugs, playing, hearing, kindness, reading, friends, and food. The book contains a section for children to fill in their name, age, and list the things for which they are grateful. An important lesson for both children and adults. Jake is happy to announce that his company, Jake’s World, will donate part of the proceeds from each book sale to various charities such as the Humane Society, rescue shelters, and other organizations such as St. Jude and the Ronald McDonald House to help his friends (both furry and non-furry) lead better lives.

Grateful Jake by Chris Hardy is an absolute delight to read and beautifully illustrated with a variety of scenes, locations, interesting characters, and gorgeous animals. The story of Jake teaches both children and adults the value of being grateful for that which we have. Getting lost, being cold, alone, and hungry is traumatic for any pet and, hopefully, children will learn the importance of keeping their dogs safe. Author Chris Hardy does a fantastic job of using Jake’s story to teach gratitude. All-round, a great story with many life lessons; highly recommended for all children.