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Happy to You! Hardcover – September 17, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; First Edition, First Printing edition (September 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618042296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618042296
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,155,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Young Daniel becomes so taken with the song "Happy Birthday to You" after attending his first birthday party that he bestows its good wishes on everything he sees during the rest of the day. "At home Daniel hugged his brown cow named Moo/ and said, `Happy to you!' " Mommy is more than happy to mirror this adorable new habit back to her son: "Wind wiggled the trees, wiggledy, wiggledy, flippity leaves./ And Mommy said, `Happy to you, flippity leaves.' " Cohen (Crookjaw) demonstrates how the word game comes in handy at naptime, too (" `Happy to you, offity shoes,' he said./ `Happy to you, fresh diaper on,' Mommy said"). Litzinger's (The Song Bird) illustrations are sometimes uncharacteristically chilly; the mother at moments seems almost affectless. But the artist's palette of warm, softly textured pastels lend a consistent coziness to the paintings, and she offers an array of dramatic perspectives one of the best spreads shows Mommy's hands hoisting Daniel up into the sky, so that he appears to be equal in height to the treetops. Throughout the volume, Daniel's eyes, while tiny, shine with the thrill of incanting words that seem truly magical. Ages 1-4.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-A story that never quite materializes. Daniel goes to Sue's third birthday party. All of the kids are singing "Happy Birthday to you!" but he just says, "Happy to you!" On the way home, he says "Happy to you!" to "mommies and daddies and babies and dogs," and continues to repeat the phrase until naptime. The repetition and rhyme scheme are somewhat stilted, and the wordiness and language will confuse young children: "Wind wiggled the trees, wiggledy, wiggledy, flippity leaves./And Mommy said, `Happy to you, flippity leaves'/`Happy to you, lippity leaves,' Daniel said." Also, much of the dialogue is disconnected: "Mommy put Daniel in his bed. `Naptime,' she said./There was a little word, no, in his head./But instead he said, `Happy to you, naptime.'" The illustrations are colorful, but muted in a sweet, birthday-card sort of way. This tale will not hold the attention of its intended audience.

Genevieve Ceraldi, New York Public Library

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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By Derrick Wood on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Just checked this book out at the library & thought it would be helpful to share a review. Although I do agree with the previous reviewer that this book does capture the excitement a toddler displays when he/ she first discovers the joys of a birthday, the entire book is written in toddler... not even toddler, more like a 12-18 mo. old's...... language. Even when the Mother is speaking to him. It is annoying. I had to add words in to make complete sentences for my 2 1/2 year old half way through (he DOES NOT speak in baby language) & ended up skipping to the last page to get it over with. When I asked him if he liked the book, he said nothing. This, from a boy who is obsessed with birthdays & Christmas.

Also note that we got Sandra Boynton's 'Birthday Monsters' book today & he has had me read it at least 5 times already. You can be simple & still be intelligent for your learning children. To the author: it's a really cute book, the baby language just under-minds a child's potential.

Hope this helps. I would have given it one star if the concept had not been so spot on.
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By A Customer on March 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My daughter loved this book!
When Danny leaves his friend Sue's birthday party, he doesn't stop celebrating. "Happy to you," he says to everyone and everything he sees. This joyful book, with exquisite illustrations, really expresses what "toddlerhood" is all about.
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