Birthday Happy, Contrary Mary

Birthday Happy, Contrary Mary

by Anita Jeram
     
 

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It's her birthday, and Mary feels contrary. When her parents give her presents, she says, "Much you very thank". And when everybody sings "Happy Birthday to You!" she doesn't look happy at all. Only her dad knows just how to make Contrary Mary smile! Anita Jeram, illustrator of the ABBY Award-winning bestseller Guess How Much I Love You and creator of Contrary Mary,

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It's her birthday, and Mary feels contrary. When her parents give her presents, she says, "Much you very thank". And when everybody sings "Happy Birthday to You!" she doesn't look happy at all. Only her dad knows just how to make Contrary Mary smile! Anita Jeram, illustrator of the ABBY Award-winning bestseller Guess How Much I Love You and creator of Contrary Mary, tells another story about this lovable and spirited mouse that is sure to make children giggle and parents grin in fond recognition.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julie Eick Granchelli
What can you do with a child who refuses to conform? Contrary Mary just can't be "normal," even on her birthday. She does everything backward, upside down and inside out. From upside down birthday treats to backward birthday games, Contrary Mary just isn't happy. But Dad knows just what to do! Children will enjoy the story as well as the delightful illustrations in this book, especially if they're in a contrary phase of their own.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1The playful, self-assured mouse first introduced in Contrary Mary (Candlewick, 1995) is turning four years old. "Much you very thank," she says as she opens the presents from her parents, helps to make the party food (inside-out sandwiches and cupcakes frosted upside down), and dances and plays hide-and-seek with her guests. Her day is complete when everyone sings "You to birthday happy!" Starting with the festive endpapers, the cheerful ink-and-watercolor illustrations are full of energy and reveal a happy, loving family celebrating a special day. The characters' penchant for stripes and polka-dots adds to the lightheartedness of the text, and the large print will appeal to beginning readers. This tale is charming and Mary's antics will capture and hold the attention of young children.Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763604561
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Series:
Giggle Club (in pbk)
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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