If You're Happy and You Know It! by Jane Cabrera

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In Cabrera's version of the popular children's song, various animals demonstrate the motions for the many verses. Monkey claps his hands, elephant stamps his feet, while giraffe nods his head. Concluding pages have a Hollywood Square montage of all nine animals who all cry at once "If you're happy and you know it, shout…We are!" Cheerful painterly pictures in a kaleidoscope of colors enhance the jovial mood of the song. Appearance of brush strokes gives texture to the animals, and the large black font is easy to read.

About Jane Cabrera

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Jane Cabrera is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including EGG DAY, DOG'S DAY, and CAT'S COLORS. MONKEY'S PLAY TIME and BEAR'S GOOD NIGHT are her first two books with Candlewick Press. She lives in England.
Published January 1, 2008 by Gullane Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cabrera’s primitive illustrations are big, bold and brilliant, allowing each action-packed animal to explode across a double-paged spread in riotous colors and abstract shapes that keep pace with the rhythmic lyrics.

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What better way to celebrate joy than with a cast of cheerful animals and song lyrics that encourage movement and laughter?

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