Non-Fiction | 2 September 2015The Importance of “Please” and “Thank You” Share article facebook twitter google pinterest How do we get the most out of ourselves and others? And how do we continue to work together with those around us, man or donkey? Thank you, Jackson by Niki and Jude Daly is a heart-warmingly beautiful picture book, designed to answer these age-old notions in a message delivered with both grace and humility. This traditionally expressed African tale sets out in gorgeous, sun-drenched illustrations the story of a farmer and his donkey Jackson, who when one day Jackson refuses to carry out his daily toil to market any longer, is left to rely on his son Goodwill’s message of courtesy and kindness, in the hope that it can inspire Jackson to carry out his journey on to market. Thank you, Jackson is a simple story detailing the importance of something as small as a “please” and “thank you”—yet it is this very simplicity that renders its message so beautiful. With its rustic South African setting reinforcing the idea that compassion and empathy is universal, the story of Jackson the donkey is brought to us with humour and charm, inspiration and hope, this subtle and gently phrased picture book carrying one very big message: it is the little things in life that matter most. Excerpted from Thank you, Jackson ‘Once there was a farmer who had a wife called Beauty, a son called Goodwill and an old donkey called Jackon. Every market morning, the farmer would load potatoes, carrots, corn and pumpkins onto his old donkey’s strong back and take him up the hill to the market. And up the hill Jackson would go, without complaint or rest.’ ‘At the market, they laid out the potatoes, carrots, corn and pumpkins under a shady tree, while the tired old donkey grazed nearby on a patch of grass. By the end of the day, all the vegetables had been sold and the farmer, his little boy, and his old donkey set off for him.’ – – – Brought to you by the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Niki and Jude Daly, Thank you, Jackson’s simple message is perfectly framed by the duo’s illustrative style, the bold colourful imagery of this picture book accenting the impetus on African culture that lies at the very heart of this story. Niki is an award-winning author and illustrator, whilst Jude is similarly internationally renowned for her delicately detailed illustrations. This combination of powerfully minimal text and boldly formatted art ensures this book’s message of kindness and compassion delivers a lasting impression on its reader, be they young or old. Thank you, Jackson Author: Niki Daly Illustrated by: Jude Daly Format: Hardback, 32 Pages ISBN: 9781847804846 Age Range:4 to 8 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Published: Mar. 5, 2015 Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.