My Happy Life

My Happy Life

Book - 2013
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Dani has been waiting to go to school her whole life, and cannot wait for the joys it will bring, such as the friendship of Ella. However, school also brings many unexpected things that Dani isn't sure she is ready to face.
Publisher: Wellington, N.Z. :, Gecko Press ;, Minneapolis, MN :, distributed in the U.S. by Lerner Pub. Group,, 2013.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781877579356
Branch Call Number: J FIC LAGE
Characteristics: 134 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Eriksson, Eva - Illustrator


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JCLChrisK Apr 15, 2019

The title may come across as saccharine, but this is not an empty, easy happy. Really the book is about Dani's ups and downs of happiness, with plenty of downs to overcome. Ultimately her resilience gets her through. The narration is simple and understated, brought to life with a plethora of illustrations, and young readers will easily relate to Dani's complex emotional landscape.

Nov 12, 2016

As a daycare worker/early childhood educator, I find this book very interesting. It introduces concepts such as "passing away", "moving away", and different emotions. I find this is important to let little children know about different feelings and different family structures.

Jul 08, 2014

I read this book to my son who is between Kindergarten and First Grade. He had avoided this book, but I really wanted him to hear it. He was hooked pretty fast and my older son couldn't help himself but to listen in. The voice in the book does a great job of capturing the voice of the child. Unlike some other early readers that use simpler language for the sake of the reader, this one just felt genuine. My boys both love to hear stories where the other children so clearly express their feelings and experiences...but they won't read them on their own. This was a great read-aloud for us. It reminded me of a more grown up version of "What Happens on Wednesdays".

Also, the 134 pages is deceiving. It is a very fast read. Lots of pictures and not many words.

Apr 07, 2014

Really good book. Suitable to read to ages 5 and over, or for ages 7 and older to read mostly by themselves.


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Dec 27, 2015

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Jul 02, 2014

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Jul 02, 2014

A sweet, funny illustrated chapter book about a young girl with a lot of optimism—even if sometimes life makes it hard to be happy.


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