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The Happy Day Paperback – January 15, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 160L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064431916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064431910
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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In this Caldecott Honor book, the animals awaken to the sweet green scents of spring and joyfully celebrate the arrival of the new season. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A distinguished book." -- -- H.

"A distinguished book." -- H.

"A lovely book, with enchanting pictures." -- -- K.

"A lovely book, with enchanting pictures." -- K.

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A fun read with young children.
tisha
Winter is black and white and the miracle of rebirth, winter soon to end with the miracle of spring portrayed with one yellow flower!!!
Persop
I read this book to pre-schoolers in 1965 and to my daughter in 1983.
michele clark

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Y.H. Prum on March 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a preschool teacher, I'm always on the lookout for very good, very short books which I can grab off the shelf and read to my students during those moments when I need a filler activity. THE HAPPY DAY is all that, and so much more. This is the perfect book to end class with on the first day of spring, which I've done every spring for 29 years. From the moment I hold up the book, read the title, and ask why it's such a happy day for the animals, my students are involved and invested. Before I start reading the text, I ask the children what the animals on the cover might be looking at. I give them time to speculate, and I start reading after everybody has contributed an idea. Before I make that last page turn, when it is evident the reader is about to discover what got these animals all sniffing and running, I ask again what could it be. The typical response is some kind of food. When I turn the page and reveal that yellow flower, there is ALWAYS an audible gasp from my students. Nobody expects it, which makes it a most satisfying ending. If the adult reader sets the tone properly, and emphasizes the tension Krauss and Simont created in the story through his or her reading, most preschoolers are intensely interested in this lovely story. A book that works this well when read to a large group should work well as a lap book. As a children's book author, I'm a VERY critical reader. THE HAPPY DAY passes muster with me, not an easy feat.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Allison (dallison@biochem.med.ufl.edu) on May 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
A short children's book about animals hibernating in the winter yet who come out to see a happy sight, a flower growing in the middle of the snow. Spring must be near! The book was a 1950 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustration in a children's book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Akiko Morgan on December 23, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love this book! Some people here have commented that they didn't like the fact that the books is black and white. I'd say just the opposite - because it's black and white, (1) it allows the child to use their imagination, and (2) it makes the picture on the last page stand out more. Both my 3 y.o. and 2 y.o. love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on August 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm so torn.

On the one hand, this is a simply-written, repetitive book about the real start of spring - a flower in the snow - and how all the animals react to that.

On the other hand, the artwork is a little uninspiring, and I'm not certain black-and-white is the color scheme to go with here.

Definitely read before you buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erica Y. Burger on January 8, 2008
Format: Library Binding
I think this book is really cute, but my son, who is three, is not thrill with it. He thinks its boring. Maybe in a couple of years he will enjoy it more.
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Format: Paperback
This is a Caldecott Award Honor book...

My 2 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed taking our time reading and looking through this very simple book. Each page has a short sentence about a wildlife animal. It explains the various animals 'sleeping' in the ground, trees, caves, etc. But then their eyes open and they sniff, then they all smell, then they all run and then dance a happy dance because after the snow fell and time has went by a solid lonely yellow flower brings them the hope of Spring.

Illustrations are black and white except at the end the yellow flower to bring emphasis on it. Wonderfully done. And repeated words through out the story would make it easy for a beginning reader to read. They would be proud of themselves to read at least part of this book on their own as they learn of wilderness animals during the winter.
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By Judith H. Sweeney on March 24, 2014
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
"During my years as a Kindergarten teacher, I read and reread this book to countless children,
I have this book as gifte and have copies for each of my children.
It is a wondeerful book and a great resourse to use when creating curriculum."
Judy Sweeney
Keystone college
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