Selma

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Selma
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Release Date
September 01, 2020
ISBN
978-1776572120
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Selma is asked: What is happiness?

She says: Happiness is eating a little grass at sunrise, playing with the children until lunchtime, doing a little exercise after lunch, eating a little more grass, chatting with her neighbor Mrs. Miller in the evening, and then having a lovely long sleep.

If she had more time? She would eat a little grass in the morning, play with the children until lunchtime, do a little exercise after lunch, eat a little more grass, chat with her neighbor Mrs. Miller in the evening, and then have a lovely long sleep.

And if she won a million dollars? She would eat a little grass . . .

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intriguing picture book about happiness
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4.0
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SELMA is a simple book that seeks to tackle a complex topic- what is happiness? The answer goes back to Selma, a sheep who has a daily routine that she would not change, even if she had lots of money or more time. Her life is filled with simple pleasures, like playing with her children, eating, and exercising. This is one of those books that may be equally targeted at parents and children.

What I loved: I really appreciated the messaging of the book - to be happy with what you have and enjoy the things that make everyday life so great. It is sometimes fun to imagine what you would do if you won the lottery - but this book posits that happiness would be wanting to do the same things you already do even after you win lots of money or have more time. The simple and repetitive story will appeal to young readers, who may enjoy the many pictures of Selma and other sheep. The philosophical topic will keep parents busy as they think about the themes of the story.

Final verdict: A book with a lesson for parents and children, SELMA is an interesting picture book that helps the reader to imagine the meaning of happiness.
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