Little kids love to see their (tiny) world presented to them on the pages of a book. They also love to arrange and organize things, whether it's toy animals, goldfish crackers or twigs. And, they also appreciate a good rhyme. 100 Things that Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz satisfies all three of these with a charm and simplicity that harmonizes with the thoughtful choices and engaging illustrations that truly illuminate feelings of joy. Schwatz's rhymes are so perfectly paired that make you want to sing as you read. Best of all, 100 Things that Make Me Happy is a fantastic conversation (or creative inspiration) for adults and kids. We all need something that makes us pause in our lives and think about happiness!
City lights, Starry nights . . .
The Milky Way, Saturday, Flip-Flops, Lollipops, French Fries, Fireflies . . .
Strawberry Ice, Pizza Slice, Bounce House, Wind-up Mouse . . .
Some pages in 100 Things that Make Me Happy have full page illustrations, sharing two happy things, while others share four or five. The adults and children in the illustrations are multiethnic and, like her characters, Schwartz seems to hit on all the things that do cause happiness. The fun comes when you finish reading this book out loud (probably for the fourth or fifth time) and begin make your own list, starting at 101...
Over the course of a week, I read this book out loud to every student in the school where I am a librarian and then had them draw something that makes them happy on a roll of paper. Now we have a visual of the 499 things that make us happy!
Source: Review Copy