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Feeling blue, and stumped as to what might cheer her up, a girl (called Sweet Pea by her mother) poses the question What makes you happy? to a fanciful array of characters. In his authorial debut, illustrator Menchin (Bounce) cheerily portrays the youngster and respondents in ink and watercolor spreads against pastel backdrops. Sweet Pea's own dog, dressed in a shower cap and carrying a rubber ducky, replies Taking a bath!, while a rabbit likes to run on a hamster wheel (who knew?) and a woman with a nest of squiggly red hair indulges in adorning it with myriad bows and clips. A droll sense of humor is evident as well: an elderly man perches next to a tree stump, stating that he enjoys counting, while a dapper gentleman on a park bench demonstrates his love of stripes with a comically clashing outfit—and a striped tabby on a leash. Sweet Pea (who herself begins to smile about halfway through her informal survey) gradually realizes that many things make her happy and, in a rebus-like spread, she catalogues more than 20 things that do just that, including bake cookies with faces, stick finger puppets on my toes, slurp spaghetti and swim at night. This will likely inspire youngsters who are in a funk to seek joy in the unexpected as well as in the perfectly ordinary. Ages 4-8. (July)
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"Light and humorous...a sweet revelation of life's simple and attainable joys." -- Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2007

"Vivid illustrations...make great use of pattern, line, and perspective to showcase Sweet Pea's encounters with various people and animals." -- School Library Journal, July 2007
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763629197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763629199
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things that Make Me Happy is a lighthearted picturebook for beginning readers. A little girl, Sweet Pea, is feeling sad, so one by one she asks everyone and everything the question: "What makes you happy?" A rabbit on an exercise wheel answers, "Running around." A bat answers, "Sleeping upside down". A man examining the rings on a tree stump answers, "Counting." At last Sweet Pea figures out that a whole range of activities make her happy - from blowing bubbles to drinking tea with Grandma. "Mom, you're smiling. You must be happy too!" The iconic pictures effectively illustrate each activity mentioned, making Taking a Bath with the Dog easier to comprehend for novice readers sounding out their very first words.
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This is also MY 20 month old's favorite book. We probably read it at least a dozen times a day and our copy is more than a little worn. This is one of the only books that she wants to read over and over again. It's a simple enough story to appeal to toddlers but it's entertaining enough to appeal to preschoolers and even hold the attention of younger elementary school-aged kids. It really appeals to a relatively large age group and that's one of the things my family finds the most charming about it. I've got a 7 yr old, a 4 yr old and a 20 month old and they all listen to and participate in this story happily over and over again. We're ordering a new copy soon as a result! I highly recommend it for toddlers, pre-readers and early readers. The vocabulary is simple enough that young readers can easily manage it with very little help (my 7 yr old reads it to the other two kids repeatedly during the day....it just occured to me that the fact that we've read it a million or so times and she's likely got it memorized might play a LARGE part in that!) and the younger set just loves the imagery and the storyline as well. In short, we LOVE it! :)
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This is a very good book. In this book a little girl takes a journey to find out what makes her happy. She asks many people before finding out all the things that she enjoys. My 20 month old asks me read this book over and over. She esspecially likes when the little girl takes a bath with the dog at the end of the story!
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In Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things that Make Me Happy a little girl named Sweet Pea tries to get her smile back by finding out what makes other people happy. The drawings are simple but confident and charming and the story makes it easy for very small children to relate to empathize with Sweet Pea's sadness and rejoice in her ultimate discovery of what makes her happy (hint: the title reveals one favorite happy-making activity)

Definitely a keeper for anyone with young children.
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This is a lighthearted, irreverent tale about happiness and what it means to different people. This is one of my favorites to read to my niece (hers too!) I didnt know the author befoe I got this, but its a nice debut work..
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