Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Happy Life by Rose Lagercrantz

This book is soooo cute!

Although "My Happy Life" is a chapter book, the chapters are short and packed full of illustrations. The story is
written from the viewpoint of a little girl just starting kindergarten. She lives with her Dad (her mother has passed away) and she likes to count the things that make her happy.

The story follows her through the summer with her Dad, waiting with eager anticipation for school to start, then the nervous terror when school finally arrives, followed by her first days at school, making friends, (losing friends), wanting a hamster, (not getting a hamster), really the ups and downs of a child's life.

I just loved it. The story makes you laugh and pulls at your heart strings too. When Dani's friend moves away you can just feel the heartbreak. But life goes on and best friends don't forget each other.

The story ends positively and teaches children that even when their lives don't always go according to plan and bad things happen, it's not the end of all happiness. Days go by, seasons change, and there's always something to rejoice in if we take the time to think about it.

The illustrations are absolutely adorable!

Highly recommended!

*I received a free book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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