Happy Birthday to Me! by Valrie M. Selkowe

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It was an ordinary day until I found a key...

A mysterious key leads a curious little rabbit through a colorful garden, a great pink house, and a magical room where a lion does flips and a bear plays the piano. The best part of this birthday surprise is, of course, saved for last.

No invitation is necessary, so come join Valrie M. Selkowe's sweet birthday adventure with warm illustrations by John Sandford.


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John Sandford, illustrator of "Moonstick, The Seasons of the Sioux" by Eve Bunting, studied drawing, painting, and illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL. He lives in Grand Haven, Michigan. In His Own Words... "I was born in Hannibal, Missouri, where we lived at the top of Hill Street in an old house that creaked with the adventures of five children and our parents. We later moved to Pontiac, Illinois, and filled a house with books, noise, crackpot ideas, and ill-tempered cats. "I first heard stories at the family dinner table, but I was never quite clear about which were fact and which were fiction. I found more stories in the family library, some made vivid with illustration: N. C. Wyeth's robust" Boy's King Arthur", Mead Schaeffer's painterly "Three Musketeers, " Maxfield Parrish's "Arabian Nights, " Robert Lawson's "Rabbit Hill", and the curious drawings by Maud and Miska Petersham for "The Rootabaga Stories.
Published January 1, 2001 by HarperCollins Children's Book Group. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Working in muted tones that cast a scrimlike quality on the surface, the artist composes full-bleed, double-page watercolors from subtly distorted angles and close-ups, and embellishes them with extravagant, painterly detail—such as drawing every leaf on the vine that braids through the pink hous...

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