BEING THANKFUL

BY MERCER MAYER

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Thank the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever.
Psalm 107:1

Being Thankful
© 2014 by Mercer Mayer
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Mayer, Mercer, 1943- author, illustrator.
Being thankful / by Mercer Mayer.
pages cm
“Little Critter.”
Summary: Little Critter learns how to be grateful for what he has, rather than always
wishing for something better.
ISBN 978-1-4003-2249-7 (softcover)
[1. Gratitude--Fiction. 2. Greed--Fiction. 3. Contentment--Fiction. 4. Animals--Fiction.] I. Title.
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Printed in China
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I stopped my scooter in front of the toy store.
“Wow! I wish I had a Speed Blaster ZZ scooter with silver
wheels,” I said.
“You already have a scooter,” said my mom.
“It’s not nearly as good as the Speed Blaster ZZ,” I said.

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On our way home, we passed the movie theater.
“Boy, I wish I could go to the movies,” I said.
“But we’re going to watch a movie at home tonight,” said
my mom.

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We did watch a movie on our TV.
But it wasn’t nearly as good as going to the movie
theater, even if we did have popcorn.

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The next day at school, Gator was wearing brand-new
AR Flyer sneakers.
I wished I had brand-new AR Flyer sneakers instead of
my plain old blue ones.

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At home, when it was Little Sister’s turn to use the
computer, I asked when I was going to get a computer of
my own.
“But you have a computer,” said my mom.
“Sharing isn’t as good as having your own computer,”
I said.

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At dinner, I said I wished we could go out to a restaurant
to eat.
“I like having dinner at home,” said my dad.
“Don’t you wish we had a bigger house with a pool and
an elevator?” I asked.
“I like our house just the way it is,” said my mom.

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As we were reading before bed, Dad stopped the story
and said, “There are a lot of people who would love to have
things like ours. You should be thankful for what you have,
instead of focusing on what you don’t have.”

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