The Happy Day

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
The Happy Day The woodland animals awake from their deep winter s sleep to discover the first sign of spring a flower blooming in the snow Caldecott Honor Book

  • Title: The Happy Day
  • Author: Ruth Krauss Marc Simont
  • ISBN: 9780060233969
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Library Binding
  • 1 thought on “The Happy Day”

    1. I can see why this book won the Caldecott medal in 1950. The book is enchanting in a very simple way. It has delightful black and white illustrations.

    2. There are two kinds of winter: the nostalgic winter, in which Christmas lights twinkle in the snow and everyone drinks hot chocolate around a fireplace, and real winter, in which snow is yellow and brown, commutes to work are dangerous nightmares, and everyone's noses and toes freeze off. The Happy Day perfectly channels the feelings of joy the sufferers of real winter have when the first flowers of spring starts to bloom. "They stop," Krauss writes in perfect picture book prose poetry. "They la [...]

    3. Caldecott Honor - 1950 The use of color is very important to this story. The cover is a very bold shade of yellow. In the middle is a “carved out” black and white image of animals at play. Artist begins showing all of the animals, hidden in the snowy landscape, from smallest to largest. I like how each animal is represented equally and with their own two-page layout. There is no way of knowing which animal the artist prefers. In the conclusion of the story all of the animals are focused arou [...]

    4. Our read aloud for this week is A Tree is Nice illustrated by Marc Simony so it brought a desire to see more of his other work especially when I came to understand that he passed away earlier this summer.This is a 99% black and white book with fuzzy illustrations that have plenty of things to stare at and study for little minds. There is lots of opportunity to discuss sequence and patterns. As well as building anticipation. This is for the season change of winter to spring.Tipton Co. Lib. Season [...]

    5. *Very* young me would have enjoyed this back in the day. Now there's too much bright competition. Kids today, who read books on tablets and don't know enough to put on a sweater when it's cold, will think this boring, even though what it is, actually, is subtle & true. Maybe some lucky child will be raised in a nature-conscious family and be able to empathize with the excitement of the first flower of spring.

    6. With its black and white illustrations, I thought this one was just okay. It would work for a storytime on hibernation or spring, but there are many better books out there. Also, I had a question about the snails. Do they really hibernate? Sniff? Run?? They certainly wouldn't be able to keep up with squirrels, groundhogs, field mice, and bears! I do like the ending with its one touch of color. 2.5 stars.

    7. 2.5I'm sorry, but this will go down in history with Anne Frank as one of the more disappointing classic books I have ever read. It's ok, but just not up to par with many other picture books that are now available. The challenge is with publishing costs having decreased, and everyone feeling they can make a children's book better than the next person, this book just doesn't seem to stand the strain of time. Eh. I do love animals though.

    8. 5* art (love that the book is entirely in black and white except for the one yellow flower at the end)3* story (but the artwork covers for it)

    9. 1950 Caldecott Honor. Favorite Illustration: the page with all the little snails curled up and asleep in the tree.Cute, simple little story about animals in winter.

    10. One of my all-time favourites. As far as I'm concerned this is as close to picture book perfection as one can get.

    11. • 1950 Caldecott Honor Book •I want to like this for some reason, but it kind of creeps me out. The illustrations with all the snails in the trees especially disturbs me. The ending is really abrupt, and it's kind of weird all these animals would come out of hibernation while it’s still snowing. Just too brief, too repetitive and kind of boring. I like the yellow flower though. Materials used: unlistedTypeface used: unlisted

    12. A simple story that has repetitive wording. Black and white illustrations, except for the pop of color at the end. Good for young children.

    13. Ruth Krauss tells the magical yet simple story of animals awaking from hibernation in a snowy forest. There are bears; there are snails; there are rabbits… It exemplifies each animal’s first look and wonder at the world around them after weeks of sleep and isolation… Although the animals are unique, they all find great and unexpected joy when awaking. Suddenly the animals begin their dash to an unknown event or object that the author keeps a secret until the very end… I would highly reco [...]

    14. We borrowed this book as part of a kit from our library, with this paperback book and an audiocassette narrated by John Cunningham. I first heard the book twice as we drove in the car, as our girls followed along with the book. I wasn't overly impressed and it sounded like a Fun With Dick and Jane kind of story. But later, I saw the black and white illustrations that accompany the story and I was won over. Marc Simont is a favorite from the Nate The Great stories and The Stray Dog and he doesn't [...]

    15. We're finishing up our six weeks of "A Caldecott Cacophony" story times, and as tomorrow is Groundhog's Day what better theme to celebrate than "Shapes & Shadows"? I happen to love this particular story because it's so full of energy and contrasts. It informs about forest creatures that hibernate (including snails! who woulda' thunk?)and ends with a happy surprise.We do story times with performer pairs (on good days), which means, either we can both hold up the book and trade off narrating t [...]

    16. I'm reviewing the Spanish version of this book as that's the version our family has read.This is another case of book that chose us. My son is learning to read in Spanish as the result of us admitting him into an Immersion program. So good children's books in Spanish are hard to find especially books in Spanish at my reading level (about first grade??)We enjoyed this book a lot over dinner and anytime a family can make a memory like that, it means a lot. I can see why it won an award. I appreci [...]

    17. This is a Caldecott Award Honor bookMy 2 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed taking our time reading and looking through this very simple book. Each page has a short sentence about a wildlife animal. It explains the various animals 'sleeping' in the ground, trees, caves, etc. But then their eyes open and they sniff, then they all smell, then they all run and then dance a happy dance because after the snow fell and time has went by a solid lonely yellow flower brings them the hope of Spring. Ill [...]

    18. This reminded me of one of my favorite older picture books: Play with Me. When my children were younger, it was hard to find quiet books--not boring books, mind you, but ones that invited a young child to really look at the book, to take their time, to not be bombarded with overly bold/silly illustrations and lots of visual clutter. Books with a perfect ending, lots of subtle detail in the illustrations, a more limited palette. And this one has it all. Lovely.Don't get me wrong--there's plenty o [...]

    19. What a gem of a book. With black and white illustrations, the simple text describes what several animals are doing in wintere snow is falling and mice, squirrels, bears, snails and ground hogs are all sleeping. Then they all begin to wake up, smell the air and move out of their dens, nests and burrows - until they stop for something that makes them very happye reader finally finds out what it is - in the only bright splash of color in the book. My storytime audience let out an "ahhh" when we rea [...]

    20. Maybe it was the title or maybe even the pictures, but I absolutely loved this book. I loved the black and white pictures- I'm a big fan of those. I loved how the story was so simple, but yet it kept you intrigued. It went from each animal to the next, and then it was something different on the next couple of pages. The last page shows a yellow flower and all the animals gathered around it. The bright yellow flower made me happy and ended on a good note. One of the best Caldecott Honor Books I'v [...]

    21. The Happy Day is a fiction picture book by Ruth Krauss. It is about all different kinds of woodland animals sleeping in their holes in the winter. Slowly, all the animals wake up and sniff the warming air. They all begin to climb out of their holes all to find a brand new spring flower peeping through the snow. Spring is coming!I enjoyed this book for its simplicity. I also liked how it relates to animals hibernating and spring coming. I could use this book as a beginner reading book due to its [...]

    22. All of the illustrations in this book were black and white except for a yellow flower on the last page. I really liked how the author showed the animal’s journey individually and as a whole by showing the light at the end with a yellow flower. You were really able to see detail in the pictures and know what the story was about with only looking at the pictures and not reading the words. This would be an excellent book for young children because you could help them with animal identification an [...]

    23. Did anyone else feel that after so much build-up that this book ends a little abruptly? I love the illustrations and honestly was set to give this book five stars just for that. I liked that the snails sniffed in their shells. I liked that everyone ran together and delightful disarray all over the pages. I even liked where the story was going. I didn't like that it crashed to a halt when we got there and there seemed nothing more to say, when there could have been a whole lot more to say.Four st [...]

    24. The animals are all enjoying their winter's nap, when one by one they suddenly are woken by a change.This is one of those picture books that stands the years quite well. The text is simple and repetitive for little ones to catch on easily, and the mystery is building as you go along prompting predictions. Why are all the animals waking up and rushing out? (view spoiler)[There's one bright yellow flower that has bloomed. (hide spoiler)] It's hard to go wrong with text by Kraus and illustrations b [...]

    25. This book got a Caldecott Honor in 1950. At first i thought this book was very confusing because it was in all black and white, but by the end of the book i understood. It seemed like all of these animals were running around but they were all going to see this yellow flower which must of meant spring was coming and they were all very excited about it. That is when i knew why the book was in black and white. i think kids would enjoy this book.

    26. I rated this book so low because there wasn't really an ending to it. All it was involving a few animals sniffing, running, and stopping for something which came out to be a flower growing out of the snow. Yes the winter was there and it meant for the animals that spring was coming, most likely. But there was no clarification of what the animals were thinking, it just ended with them laughing. I wasn't interested and disappointed that there was nothing after the flower page.

    27. This is a story about animals in the winter-time. They smell something, then run off. At the end, you find out that they smell the first flower of spring.I could use this book in a science lesson when teaching the change in seasons. This book shows what happens when winter changes into spring. The class can use this book as a way to start the discussion about other signs of spring and other seasons.

    28. This story is about all the forest animals waking up and smelling something. Snow is all over and they are excited by something coming out of the snow. The illustrations are only in black and white. They are not bright and they do not catch that much attention. However, I believe this was the point of the illustrator, because at the end, a bright yellow flower pops out of the snow. Krauss, Ruth, and Marc Simont. The Happy Day. New York: Harper & Bros 1949

    29. I'm so torn. On the one hand, this is a simply-written, repetitive book about the real start of spring - a flower in the snow - and how all the animals react to that.On the other hand, the artwork is a little uninspiring, and I'm not certain black-and-white is the color scheme to go with here.Definitely read before you buy.

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