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Selma Hardcover – August 1, 2003

4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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"The book will charm readers with its tiny trim size and quirky, subtly colored line drawings." --The Horn Book

"...one of those cute books you would give as a gift to your mom, or a co-worker or whoever." --- Design Mom

* "...An ideal mascot for living in the moment and...importance of rituals...charming antidote to the clamor of consumerism." --- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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Happiness is being content. Happiness is family, and good health. Happiness is a sheep called Selma.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Pub; Tra edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929132506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929132508
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Timothy Capehart VINE VOICE on March 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
You'll find this book in the Juvenile section. It only has about 32 pages in it. You can probably read it standing next to the shelf in the Children's Area of your library or book store, but when you're done, you will know the secret of true happiness. Save yourself some time, Dr. Phil's book is a lot longer than this and it won't help you as much. Yes, it's the story of a sheep...but she has the answers to some tough questions. Then buy one for everyone on your gift-giving list! Read-Consider-and smile...
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This was one of those rare finds - flipping through the pages in a toy store while the Christmas rush bustled behind me, I stood reading with a serene smile on my face. I immediately bought all copies, and ordered more for all my friends. This is not a children's book, it is a mother's book, which serves to bring us the perspective we sometimes need in our busy lives. This book was a bestseller in the author's native Germany, and I see it having a large following here due to it's sweet, simple message.
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By A Customer on December 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Enjoyed the size, color and design of this little gem.
Nice, positive message with some repetition is fun for little ones.
Gentle irony is also a treat for the elders who may be reading to them.
Makes a cute little gift!
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After having dinner with a new friend and venting a bit of our commonalities in various daily life (not untypical) frustrations, my pal dropped by my office this morning with a small, not so small, gift: Selma by Jutta Bauer. Oh, how we waxed philosophical over dinner! Solving world problems, defining the meaning of life, discussing the pursuit of happiness! But I took a coffee break at my desk upon receiving this gift and in a few minutes, read the 32 pages of this children's book (of all ages) by a prolific German author in juvenile literature. And there--all problems solved. Wasn't that easy? Selma the sheep in a few, simple words, with a bit of repetition for those of us who can be a little dense, conveys how to live a happy life. No, I will not convey her sheepish secret here.

With some online searching to discover more about this wise sheep and her wise creator, I discovered that another version of this book is titled, Ewe Too Can Be Happy, with apparently no difference in storyline from this title. Selma's lesson, overall, however, is one of simplicity, so I opt for the original, less cutesy title.
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This little book says it all. If you ever think life is too complicated and frenzied and stressful, read this story about Selma. She knows the secret of happiness in this life and you'll want to share her wisdom with everyone you care about.
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I love this little book. I have the Portuguese translation. It's an older book but I first saw it this year hiding between many larger books. Selma by Jutta Bauer is a tiny, simple book with a big message. "What is happiness ?" the dog asks the ram. " "For you to know that I will tell you the story about Selma the sheep" The ram answers. And so the story begins. Equipped with a sense of wit and accompanied by lovely, simple watercolour illustrations Jutta Bauer tells us in just a few words what happiness is when we are simply content with what we have. Suitable for children and adults alike. Loved it.
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A Kid's Review on November 27, 2009
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I teach first grade and know a lot of picture books, but I just discovered this one today. What a lovely message to communicate to children -- What is important in life is good food, good rest, loving family and friends. I can't wait to read this to our baby when he arrives. It sums up an important lesson about life in such direct and sweet language. Great for all ages.
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she is a woolly dolly and totally adorable. i have the portuguese version, a gift from a friend vacationing there. my computer translation left a lot to be desired, but was interesting. love the artwork, as well. book in excellent condition! super buy.
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