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Birdy's Smile Book

Birdy's Smile Book

Laurie Keller; illustrations by Laurie Keller

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



Birdy starts every day by smiling at herself in the mirror. She says you can smile while doing just about anything--brushing your teeth, taking out the garbage, or eating broccoli. Okay, maybe not while eating broccoli. Even people with bad teeth (like our first president, George Washington) should show their toothy grins because there's no such thing as a bad smile. So heed Birdy's advice and practice your smile—you'll need it while reading this book!

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Birdy's Smile Book by Laurie Keller - Book Trailer

This is one little girl with one BIG message. Smile! It makes you happy, and it makes other people happy too. From acclaimed children's author/illustrator Laurie Keller comes Birdy's Smile Book. This trailer will make you smile ear to ear!


Praise for Birdy's Smile Book

“It's hard not to smile at the encouraging thoughts and enthusiastic pictures throughout the book.” —School Library Journal

“The collaged illustrations are bold and textured and occupy white space in Keller's characteristically exuberant style.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Keller's (Do Unto Otters) goofy, buoyant cartoons, underscored with curlicue display type, set an upbeat tone that's in keeping with Birdy's attitude.” —Publishers Weekly

Birdy's Smile Book is fun to read any time, but it is especially helpful if you have a little one that doesn't feel like smiling. If the cute, happy story doesn't get them smiling then the fun mirror in the back where you can practice smiling will put a grin on even the grumpiest of faces.” —Peekaboo Picks

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About the author

Laurie Keller; illustrations by Laurie Keller

Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters, Arnie, the Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator for seven-and-a-half years, until one night she got an idea for a children's book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and soon had published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Laurie Keller

Reading Guide

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