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If You're Happy and You Know It! [Paperback]

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Item description for If You're Happy and You Know It! by Jan Ormerod...

Animals take turns putting their own spin on this classic song. A fun book that stresses individuality.

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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.56" Width: 8.62" Height: 0.13"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2003
Publisher   Star Bright Books
ISBN  1932065105  
ISBN13  9781932065107  

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More About Jan Ormerod

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jan Omerod, author-artist of Who's Whose?, Ben Goes Swimming, and Emily Dances, who also illustrated Sky Dancer by Jack Bushnell, lives in Cambridge, England. In Her Own Words...

"I grew up in the fifties, in a series of small towns in Western Australia, with three older sisters. As a child I drew constantly and compulsively, inspired by beautifully drawn schoolgirl annuals from England. I secretly devoured forbidden American comics, poring over the draughtsmanship.

"I went to art school at a time when the practice of drawing was regarded as the underpinning of all activity in the visual arts'coming to know' by looking closely and recording honestly. All my options took me into the fine arts--drawing, painting, and sculpture. I was obsessed with the human face, figure, and gesture. I became an Associate of the Western Australian Institute of Technology and Design in Art Education and taught art in secondary schools on enrichment programs for talented students, then lectured in a teachers college and in art schools.

"As a young woman I was not very maternal, and intended not to have children. My first pregnancy was entirely unplanned. My books have largely been a celebration and savoring of the positive experience of parenthood I had not anticipated-the fun, warmth, and love. Designing picture books for young children, I am aware that such books are almost always shared by the child and a caring adult. I find the challenge of communicating with both child and adult-working on two levels in one book--a demanding, intriguing and rewarding task. I design picture books for children and adults because I depend on the adult to create the right atmosphere and help children read them. When this happens, it is a time for physical closeness and comfort, a quiet time for sharing ideas and feelings, for laughing and learning together. Anyone who takes time to share books with young children is rewarded and revitalized by the experience every time.

"My task as a visual storyteller is to observe, record, and edit. Some images go straight from life into a book. Most need to be carefully sifted, reinvented, reorganized. Telling a story with words and pictures is a little like watching a movie, then selecting the evocative moment like a still taken from a film. I need to capture the moment that has clarity and simplicity, invites empathy, and allows the reader to bring her own knowledge to that moment, to enrich it, and develop it according to her own life experiences.

"I now live in Cambridge, England with my two daughters, Sophie and Laura. We return to Australia to be with my family and friends as often as we can."

Jan Ormerod lived in Cambridge. Jan Ormerod was born in 1946 and died in 2013.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( O ) > Ormerod, Jan
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Emotions & Feelings > Fiction

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A nice spin off on the If your happy & you know it song  Nov 10, 2006
If you loved the " If your Happy and You Know It" song this is a really cute book that also helps children to hear rhyming words as well.

It starts out with a little girl who is happy and to show it claps her hands. Well, along come other animals and their idea of how they show they are happy. The dog swirls, twirls, whisks and wags it's tail, the elephant who has a very thin tail decides it's his/her ears that shows by flapping & flopping. Then there is the crocodiles that snip, snap, & clip their teeth, followed by 2 toucans clicking, clacking, snip & snap their beaks. The gorilla beats his chest, the kangaroo jumps, bumps, pings, pong and bongs around, the blue macaw screeches, shrieks, shrills, screams, sceeches and yells and the hyena giggles, chortles, cackles, chuckle and titers. And in the end the little girl says If I am Happy and I know It - I can do my own thing, that's right all the animals say together. It's a cute book that is bright illustrated. I am not sure where the other reviewer says this is not a night time book because there is really nothing scary unless it's the crocodiles... but they are not drawn mean looking.... in my eyes. A very cute book that has my daugther acting out the actions with her stuffed animals.
Wow! What fun!  Mar 7, 2003
This book is the most fun I've had with my kids in a while. It's a great story to get everybody together and upbeat, one the kids can even "play" in the car together. Be careful though, not a bedtime story!

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