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The happy day
Krauss, Ruth.
Personal Author:
First Harper Trophy edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 1989.

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
In the middle of winter, different forest animals awake and run sniffing through the trees to discover a single flower growing in the snow.
General Note:
"Newbery honor book"--Cover.
Reading Level:
160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.3 0.5 39910.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 04975 Guided reading level: F.
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The woodland animals awake from their deep winter's sleep to discover the first sign of spring'a flower blooming in the snow.

1950 Caldecott Honor Book

Author Notes

Ruth Krauss was born on July 25, 1901 in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended the Peabody Institute of Music. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Parsons School of Fine and Applied Art and studied anthropology at Columbia University. In 1941, she married David Johnson Leisk, who wrote and illustrated children's books as Crockett Johnson. They occasionally worked together.

Her first book, A Good Man and His Good Wife, was published in 1944. She was credited as being one of the first authors to use minimal text, concentrating on precise language and working closely with an illustrator. She wrote more than 30 children's books during her lifetime including The Carrot Seed, I Can Fly, and A Hole Is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions. She received the Caldecott Medal for The Happy Day in 1950 and A Very Special House in 1954. She also wrote verse plays and poetry for adults. She died on July 10, 1993 at the age of 91.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this Caldecott Honor book, the animals awaken to the sweet green scents of spring and joyfully celebrate the arrival of the new season. Ages 3-7. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved