Where is Happiness?: A Little Bear Uncovers a Big Surprise!
Authored by Katie Murphy
Illustrated by Rania M. Tulba
* Ages: 3-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Hardcover: 30 pages
* Publisher: Happy Page
* Pub. Date: Oct. 6, 2021
* Language: English
Unwrapping Some Illustrations for you
This delightful book, featuring the adorable cub Ananda, is heartwarming indeed. It is a perfect bedtime story to share wrapped up in cuddles. Ananda's name means happiness or bliss and she invites the reader to go on a journey to find all the things that make her so.
The little cub asks herself the question: "Where does happiness come from? " and then she is determined to go out and find it.
She heads for a nearby hive where bees are busy producing honey because honey is one source of her happiness. Ouch! her nose gets multiple stings from the bees and Ananda quickly realizes that honey does NOT make her happy. She then decides that a friend would be just the thing to bring her happiness. She encounters a goose named Willie and they play until their bellies rumble. Unfortunately Willie must take flight with his flock and he flies off to migrate to a far away destination. Ananda then heads to the top of a waterfalls but alas snow starts falling and she instinctively heads home to her cave because winter is closing in throughout the forest.
Will the sweet little bear finally have peace within herself and thus find happiness? Let me share that she does and you will be surprised at its source.
The soft illustrations are extremely well done depicting lots of emotion and autumn detail. I like the love that flows amongst the family members, especially from mom, who is there for her daughter and understands exactly what brings happiness.
After hibernating with her family all through the winter season and awakening to a beautiful Spring day with a lovely rainbow arched in the sky Ananda comes to the realization that happiness comes from within her... yes... Ananda IS happiness personified! I love the book and highly recommend it.
Storywraps Rating - HUGS!
Meet the Author
Katie Murphy is a debut author living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, where nature’s beauty inspires her writing. Her enthusiasm to explore themes such as beauty, nature, happiness, love, humor, friendship, peace and understanding shines in her simple and beautiful story, “Where Is Happiness?” Katie is an Indie author whose publishing company is fittingly called, The Happy Page. She writes in a modern style crafting stories focusing on timeless themes. Parents will be equally inspired reading her blog, “Welcome Home.”
Her writing truly is a bridge to the heart!
About the Illustrator
Rania started drawing pictures since she was a little girl, she had a dream of telling other people's stories through her illustrations. she didn't have the chance to go to art school, but that didn't stop her. One day a friend gave her art supplies and a note saying go make your dreams come true. Today she's a freelance illustrator and she loves what she does.
*Blog Link: www.babybookworms.blogspot.ca
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