Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
So Happy!

So Happy!

Spring 2005 Picture Books
Ages: 2 & Up
Author: Kevin Henkes
Illustrator: Anita Lobel
ISBN: 0060564830
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Three disparate parts, all living, a seed, a boy and a rabbit, come together to make a whole gentle story. Set in the hot, dry land of an unnamed Central or South American country, the rain, on a dramatic double-page spread, becomes the satisfying catalyst that brings the characters together and makes them happy.

Anita Lobel's colorful, ethnic art greatly expands the simple text right up until the round endpiece which brings an affectionate father into the circle of expressive familial love.

Kemie Nix   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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