In the grand tradition of &;Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens&; comes an uplifting tribute to 100 everyday things worth celebrating. The list, in rhyming couplets, draws directly from a preschool­er&;s world&;from slippery floors to dinosaurs, from goldfish to a birthday wish. Amy Schwartz weaves a masterful balance between art and text, with each of the 100 items portrayed as its own well-observed and warmly detailed vignette. While the contents provide readers with a frame of reference for the quantity of &;100&;&;a celebratory milestone in preschools and early elementary grades&;the oversized pages envelop young children in the wonderful things surrounding them. Praise for 100 Things That Make Me Happy STARRED REVIEW "A fun, engaging read." --School Library Journal, starred review
Preschool. Schwartz’s distinctive pictures in brilliant colors would make anyone happy. In this oversize picture book, she offers exhilarating activities in rhyme and joyful art. The active youngsters show 100 things that please them most: red socks and building blocks, flip-flops and lollipops, shiny slides and pony rides. Diverse children of all shapes and sizes interact with zestful enthusiasm, as they explore the joys of the little things in life, from mittens to kittens, snowflakes to chocolate cakes, chocolate chips to camping trips. Some ideas rhyme exactly, while some demand a little leap of imagination, as in “garbagemen” to “a good friend.” In one stunning full-page spread, an adult and a child roast marshmallows at a campfire under brilliant stars. In another, three little gourmands devour a whole apple pie each. A final “peekaboo” turns over to the last page’s “time with you,” as two friends run through an erupting sprinkler in a comfortable and pleasing end to a magical romp through the senses and delights of being human.