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This Makes Me Happy


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COURTNEY CARBONE studied English and creative writing in the United States and Australia before becoming a writer and editor in New York City. Her favorite things include board games, stand-up comedy, bookstores, and brick-oven pizza. Visit her at CourtneyCarbone.com and follow her on Twitter at @CBCarbone. HILLI KUSHNIR is an illustrator with more than a decade's experience illustrating kids' books, greeting cards, and branding materials. She lives in New York City, where she drinks too much coffee, raises a couple of kids, grows and kills house plants, and has conversations with passerby dogs. Visit her at http-//hillik.com.


"An elementary-age child recounts what she doesand feels during a school field trip to a county fair. Clean, colorful graphicdesign, first-person narration, and short declarative sentences bode well forthe inaugural entry in the Dealing with Feelings series. The narrator is awide-eyed girl with brown skin and textured, black hair, and her fellowstudents represent every possible complexion. The teacher is also brown, withstraight hair....A mindfulness activity on the bus and a review of whatproduced the child's positive feelings makes it clear that teaching emotionalvocabulary is the book's primary mission...The book is potentially useful as adiscussion starter about feelings." - Kirkus Reviews "In this addition to the Dealing with Feelings series, anAfrican-American child describes her class field trip to the county fair, illustrated in Kushnir's cozy, upbeat art. At the fair, she goes on a rollercoaster, has her face painted, and visits the petting zoo. Even a happy day hasminor setbacks--the girl can't have any bake sale treats because she is allergicto nuts: "I feel left out. My teacher sits down next to me. She has allergies, too." On the bus ride back, she reflects on her busy day: "Many thoughts bouncearound in my head. I focus on them one at a time. What am I feeling? I amfeeling happy." Carbone models being mindful of all emotions, while suggestingthat happiness is not always about what occurs but how one chooses to look atcircumstances. Ages 4-6. (Apr.)" - Publishers Weekly

"Children will understand that happiness can come in a ball of other emotions, like excitement, feeling part of a team, and helping. This bright, appealing offering could be used as a discussion starter with primary-grade students."
-- Booklist

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