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Mr. Happy and Miss Grimm
by Antonie Schneider
Susanne Strasser, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 11 x 8 1/2 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823431984 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Friendship, Emotions & Feelings
Recommendations: H, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
W.2.1, 3, 5, 8
SL.2.1, 1a-c, 2-6
RF.2.3, 3d, 3f, 4, 4a-c
L.2.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c, 4e, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
RL.2.1-3, 5-7, 10

About the Book

An eternally joyful optimist worms his way into his embittered neighbor's affections in this colorful and heartwarming story of blossoming friendship.

Mr. Happy has just moved in next door, and Miss Grimm is not pleased. Mr. Happy greets the sun each day, works tirelessly in his spectacular garden, and even whistles to the birds. So much for peace and quiet!

From her gloomy and barren side of the fence, Miss Grimm knows one thing for certain: she wants nothing to do with Mr. Happy. But Mr. Happy knows something too: given kindness and patience, anything can grow—even a friendship with lonely Miss Grimm.


"Strasser's quirky illustrations add interest and humor to the page. . . . This is a wonderful addition to both large and small libraries."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How do words and illustrations on the front cover help you understand what the story will be about? Give examples from MR. HAPPY & MISS GRIMM. RL.2-3.4, 7

2. Discuss the relationship of the words happy and grim. Brainstorm synonyms for happy and grim. Write and draw a picture about what makes you happy and what makes you grim. L.2-3.5 / W.2-3.1

3. How does the story change from the beginning to the end of the book? Find the part in the story where Miss Grimm begins to feel different. RL.2-3.5 / SL.2-3.1

4. How does illustrator Susanne Strasser use details to describe the characters in the story? RL.2-3.7