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The Happy Day

The Happy Day

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by Ruth Krauss, Marc Simont (Illustrator)

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Hibernating animals wake to find the first flower of spring.


Hibernating animals wake to find the first flower of spring.

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Trophy Picture Bks.
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Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.00(d)
160L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ruth Krauss's beloved picture books include two Caldecott Honor Books, The Happy Day, illustrated by Marc Simont, and A Very Special House, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, as well as the perennial favorite A Hole is to Dig, also illustrated by Mr. Sendak.

Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Encouraged by his father, Joseph Simont, an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine L'Illustration, Marc Simont drew from a young age. Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York, he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher.

When he was nineteen, Mr. Simont settled in America permanently, determined to support himself as an artist. His first illustrations for a children's book appeared in 1939. Since then, Mr. Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books, working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry.

Internationally acclaimed for its grace, humor, and beauty, Marc Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is The Stray Dog.

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Happy Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
joycieb777 More than 1 year ago
Tbis is the first book my daughter read on her own at the age of four. The look of sheer joy when she realized that she could read was priceless and she hasn't stopped since.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the winter animals all find this flower it's just like children on Christmas when they find their presents and also discover, though not psychologically, that the world and their lives will continue. It's a new beginning for animals because earth has resumed, a new beginning for children since their lives haven't changed and a new beginning for, hopefully, reading parents that they still have a job after company cutbacks. Believe me, I've lived through this and there's nothing worse than facing your child on a holiday than the day after you've been layed off. This book is of hope, trust and security - blessed be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I ever read on my own. After all these years I remember the story as if it were yesterday! This will be the first story I teach my own children to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I ever read. It's a great one for first time readers. It has a postive outlook... something good is always just around the corner.