A little book about a very big question: What is happiness?
For Selma the sheep, the answer is easy. Happiness is eating grass, playing with her children, exercising, eating a little more grass, chatting with her neighbor, and a good night sleep. But what if Selma had more time? What if she won the lottery?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.88" Width: 4.72" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.23 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2003
Publisher Kane/Miller Book Pub
ISBN 1929132506 ISBN13 9781929132508
Availability 0 units.
More About Jutta Bauer
Jutta Bauer is a writer, illustrator, artist, and animator who studied illustration at the Fachhochschule fur Gestaltung (Higher College of Visual Art) in Hamburg, Germany. In addition to illustrating dozens of picture books, for many years she drew a comic strip for one of Germany's most widely read women's magazines. GRANDPA'S ANGEL was first published in Germany in 2001 and was nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 2002. It was recently made into a short animated film. Jutta Bauer lives with her son, Jasper, in Hamburg.
After having dinner with a new friend and venting a bit of our commonalities in various daily life (not untypical) frustrations, my pal dropped by my office this morning with a small, not so small, gift: Selma by Jutta Bauer. Oh, how we waxed philosophical over dinner! Solving world problems, defining the meaning of life, discussing the pursuit of happiness! But I took a coffee break at my desk upon receiving this gift and in a few minutes, read the 32 pages of this children's book (of all ages) by a prolific German author in juvenile literature. And there--all problems solved. Wasn't that easy? Selma the sheep in a few, simple words, with a bit of repetition for those of us who can be a little dense, conveys how to live a happy life. No, I will not convey her sheepish secret here.
With some online searching to discover more about this wise sheep and her wise creator, I discovered that another version of this book is titled, Ewe Too Can Be Happy, with apparently no difference in storyline from this title. Selma's lesson, overall, however, is one of simplicity, so I opt for the original, less cutesy title.
Delightful AND Profound Jan 15, 2007
This little book says it all. If you ever think life is too complicated and frenzied and stressful, read this story about Selma. She knows the secret of happiness in this life and you'll want to share her wisdom with everyone you care about.
Selma is my new guru! Mar 7, 2004
You'll find this book in the Juvenile section. It only has about 32 pages in it. You can probably read it standing next to the shelf in the Children's Area of your library or book store, but when you're done, you will know the secret of true happiness. Save yourself some time, Dr. Phil's book is a lot longer than this and it won't help you as much. Yes, it's the story of a sheep...but she has the answers to some tough questions. Then buy one for everyone on your gift-giving list! Read-Consider-and smile...
The secret of happiness in a slim volume... Dec 17, 2003
This was one of those rare finds - flipping through the pages in a toy store while the Christmas rush bustled behind me, I stood reading with a serene smile on my face. I immediately bought all copies, and ordered more for all my friends. This is not a children's book, it is a mother's book, which serves to bring us the perspective we sometimes need in our busy lives. This book was a bestseller in the author's native Germany, and I see it having a large following here due to it's sweet, simple message.
Great for kids of all ages Dec 7, 2003
Enjoyed the size, color and design of this little gem. Nice, positive message with some repetition is fun for little ones. Gentle irony is also a treat for the elders who may be reading to them.