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Happiness Isby Marcus Pfister
Synopses & Reviews
From a winter snowflake melting on your tongue to jumping in a pile of autumn leaves, this book celebrates happy moments shared by two friends across the seasons. Marcus Pfister's print-style illustrations capture the feelings of joy through a rainbow of colors and textures.
"Zoe and Leo, a pair of 'best mouse-friend,' dream up metaphors to try to encapsulate the feeling of happiness. Pfister again uses the crinkly textured illustration style seen in recent books like The Yellow Cab and Ava's Poppy as the two mice turn to nature for inspiration. 'Happiness is feeling a snowflake melt on your tongue in the winter,' Zoe offers, as Pfister pictures her wearing a striped scarf over her summery yellow jumper. After a few more examples from Zoe, Leo catches on: 'Hmm, I get it.... Happiness is discovering a little piece of cheese in your trouser pocket.' There's no plot to speak of — the two mice simply unfurl additional examples and head on their way, flying kites through a turquoise meadow. Images of the duo blowing dandelion seeds into the wind, stomping in spring puddles, and 'shuffling through a thick carpet of autumn leaves' are clear and evocative, and the book may shine most as a prompt for spurring similar creative exercises at home or at school. Ages 4 — 8. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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About the Author
Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children including his most recent title, The Yellow Cab. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland
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