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If You're Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands! Hardcover – March 1, 1997

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Folks will do almost anything if they're happy (and they know it)--from flapping their wings to touching their toes. At least they will in David A. Carter's pop-up version of the popular play song. Preschoolers will join in with glee, singing, "If you're happy and you know it...," while they help the playful animal characters clap their hands, wag their tails, and wink their eyes. Children pull simple tabs to animate the brightly hued cut-paper cat, dog, skunk, chicken, owl, and mouse. On the last page, all six animals pop up to "shout hooray" in a dramatic display of Carter's paper engineering flair. Musical notation for the song appears on the back cover.

Carter has created many well-loved interactive picture books, including another pop-up nursery song, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, as well as Alpha Bugs: A Pop-Up Alphabet and Easter Bugs: A Springtime Pop-Up. (Ages 2 to 5) --Emilie Coulter

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Two familiar songs spring to life thanks to David A. Carter's movable illustrations. Youngsters can open a farmyard fence as a pig jumps out with its sound, "oink oink," showing through a die-cut opening in Old MacDonald Had a Farm. With the pull of a tab, the cat claps and rooster flaps in If You're Happy and You Know It. The final spreads in both books pop up, with all the animals spelling "E-I-E-I-O!" in one and all the animals shouting "HOORAY!" in the other. Music and lyrics appear on the back covers. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel; Pop edition (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590938282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590938280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a speech pathologist and work mostly with the 1-3 year old age group, and they ADORE this book. I've worn out one version, and am getting a second one. Several autistic and severely language delayed children have spoken their first words with this book! It takes a beating, but is well worth it.
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What a fun book. The animals clap and do different "flap" type actions on each 2 page spread. The book company that I ordered from sent it very quickly and I am very pleased with this used copy of If You're Happy And You Know It! I would order from them again!
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I love this book and ordered a copy because mine was damaged from use. Unfortunately, the copy I received was also damaged so now I have two books that are broken. I was very disappointed that the description did not disclose the fact that not all the pages were intact. Maybe I missed it if it did, but I don't think so. I highly recommend the book itself if you can find one that is in good condition. It's a great interactive book for young children!!!
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I use this book as the closer to my library story time coupled with the signing. It always gets the kids clapping their hands, winking their eyes and wagging their invisible tails. The pop-up motions come across language barriers easily as I present my story time in three different languages.
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By Marci on January 2, 2007
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My daughter, almost 2, loves this book and so does everybody else that reads it to her. The whole book is "if you're happy and you know it..." and it has "flap your wings", "pat your head", "touch your toes", "shout horray", "wink you eyes", etc. The book is interactive and allows her to move the parts in the book and also she can do all the activities herself too. Its just way too cute to watch her "flap her wings". A definite favorite in our house!
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I saw this book during a library storytime and just had to get it. I thought it was the most creative concept. Both my children (6 months and 2 1/2 years) can't get enough of this book. It's thoroughly entertaining. I sing the song and my daughter pulls and pushes all the arrows to move the different parts. She finds it exciting everytime. I would highly recommend it.
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This is always a favorite in my preschool classes, and now my granddaughter (almost 3) loves it too! Young kids can't look at pop-up books by themselves without ruining them, but this is a fun song for parents/grandparents to enjoy with kids. It's fun to see what different animals do when they are happy.
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I take my 2 year-old to a reading time at the library where they read this book every week. It is so much fun and all of the kids really love it. My son tries to take it home with him every week and will sing "If You're Happy and You Know It" to anyone who will listen.
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