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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
My Happy Life
by Rose Lagercrantz
Age Range: 6-8
Dani likes to be happy even when life makes it hard to do so. She is always full of optimism and probably the happiest person she knows. Sometimes Dani counts all the times she has been happy – her cousin Sven giving her a frog, going swimming or getting her new school uniform because she can’t wait to go to school. Life gets even better when she starts school and meets Ella who becomes her best friend. They do everything together and life is great fun. Then one day everything changes and something happens that Dani isn’t prepared for – Ella moves away. Dani becomes sad and lonely when Ella goes. Now she has a challenge – how to remain happy.
This is a sweet, funny chapter book by Swedish author Rose Lagercrantz but it is the witty illustrations by award-winning Eva Eriksson that really brings it to life. Her expressive pictures capture Dani’s moods – when she is happy, when she is sad and the everyday things that children might do together at school and at home.