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My Heart Is Laughing

by Rose  Lagercrantz
Illustrated by Eva Eriksson
Translated by Translated from the Swedish by Julia Marshall

Published by U.S. edition: Gecko Press, 2014
119 pages
ISBN: 978𢴖77579523

Ages 7-9

Dani thinks of herself as someone 搘ho抯 always happy. But she isn抰 this particular day, because she misses her best friend, Ella, who moved away, and two girls in her class, Vicky and Mickey, are being horrible to her. When Dani angrily throws food at them after they pinch her during lunch, it lands on her teacher by mistake. The teacher doesn抰 know about the pinching and thinks Dani was misbehaving. Dani ends up running home in tears. Her dad is at first upset with Dani, but when he finds out what happened he drives her back to school, tells the teacher what was going on, and justice is served as Vicky and Mickey must apologize a deeply satisfying moment for Dani and readers alike. A few elements of this child-centered book translated from the Swedish feel foreign, but the feelings are universal and spot on. Despite the kids who are picking on Dani, there is a brightness and lightness to the storytelling, with the girls mean behavior treated as a unique incident it happens, it抯 dealt with, and Dani is ready to move on.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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