Cover image for Selma
Bauer, Jutta.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
La Jolla, Calif. : Kane/Miller, 2003.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 12 x 16 cm
Selma answers some of life's important questions.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Little Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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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?Happiness is being content. Happiness is family, and good health. (Happiness is outrunning the fox.) Happiness is a sheep called Selma.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Bauer's hand-size volume delivers big things in a small package. Her pen-and-ink and watercolor wash images framed on creamy pages with generous borders make the perfect accompaniment for her simple message. A world-weary dog, slumped at a table with a half-empty glass of wine, decides to seek out "the wise ram" and asks him, "What is happiness?" The ram answers him with a fable about Selma, a wide-eyed ewe with a big snout. "Every morning at sunrise, Selma would eat a little grass.../...she would play with her children until lunchtime.../ ...exercise in the afternoon," says the ram, unspooling her day at a leisurely pace. The loosely drawn ink cartoon panels, one per spread, glow with gentle tints that mark the passage of the sun across the sky. Foreign elements-the hand of an interviewer, or the tail of a fox-intrude slyly, but Selma stays unruffled, true to her unhurried life, exchanging bleats with her children and chatting with her neighbor. An interviewer holding out a microphone asks Selma what she would do if she had more time or if she won a million dollars. Her answer: she would change nothing ("eat a little grass... play with her children until lunchtime," and so on), though Bauer adds some comic touches to vary the paintings. Selma makes an ideal mascot for living in the moment and for the importance of rituals, in this charming antidote to the clamor of consumerism. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved