My Happy Life

my happy lifeDani is excited and nervous about starting kindergarten. She lives with her dad. Her mother has passed away. She starts school and finds Ella, who becomes her best friend. They eat triangle and square sandwiches together, play with Ella’s pet hamster Partyboy, and they each wear half-heart friendship necklaces. However, not everything in Dani’s life is happy. When Ella moves away, Dani’s new loneliness reminds her of her mother’s death. Happiness comes and goes during Dani’s day-to-day life. The story ends positively. There is always something to rejoice in. Dani and Ella write letters to each other and plan to spend a weekend together at Ella’s new home. Difficult subjects are handled in a caring way in this charming story. With its simple language, twenty short chapters, and fine pen-and ink drawings on just about every page, My Happy Life is a great first chapter book. mjw
Title: My Happy Life
Author: Rose Lagercrantz
Illustrator
: Eva Eriksson
Publisher
: Gecko Press,  Wellington, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: Swedish
Translator
: Julia Marshall
Original Title
: Mitt Lyckliga Liv
Original Publisher
: Bonnier Carlsen Bokforlaget, Stockholm, Sweden
Original Copyright
: 2010
ISBN
: 978-1-877579-35-6
Hardcover pages
: 136
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Novel
Book setting
: Sweden
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Author’s residence
: Sweden
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Awards
: Both author and illustrator have received the Astrid Lindgren Prize
Subjects
: Best friends, Death, Grandmothers, Grief, Happiness, Loss, Kindergarten, Optimism, Primary school, Single fathers.

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