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If You’re Happy and You Know It

Author: Jane Cabrera

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ISBN: 9780823422272

Publisher: Holiday House

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2010 - 2011

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Animals, Rhymes & Nursery Rhymes, Songs

Book Acticity

An elephant, a monkey, and a giraffe join other animals in singing different verses of this popular song. The song encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.

Age Group 15 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Showing you how much they love reading by carrying books around and handing books to you to read
  • Answering questions by pointing with one finger, like when you ask, “Where is the squirrel?”
  • Recognizing when a book is upside down
  • Beginning to show empathy, like looking sad when viewing a picture of another child crying

Your toddler is able to communicate a great deal with a small but growing vocabulary! Their ability to point at objects to gain your attention is a huge milestone that tells you they’re aware that you have a perspective that’s different from their own. This is called “shared attention” and it’s an important part of communicating and caring for others. Books about friends and family are very interesting to your toddler and talking together about what you’re reading will increase your child’s learning.

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 15-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your toddler!

Why did we select this book?

This is a song that toddlers have enjoyed for generations. The words, whether sung or spoken, have a rhythm that makes toddlers want to clap their hands, stamp their feet, and more. Having a child move when action words are spoken can help him understand the words better. Stomp, for example, is a mysterious word until you can make noise by picking your feet up and down. Words that are sung rather than spoken are more playful and more enjoyable for a child. This wonderfully illustrated book may make you sing (and stomp)!

Book Acticity
Related Activities

Your child may not have the fine motor skills to do all of the actions in this book right away. But you can gently guide them through making the movements and noises in the book. Don’t be shy about singing the words. Your child loves the sound of your voice and will enjoy the rhythm of the words even more when you sing to them.


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