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  Selma
by Jutta Bauer
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If you're looking for a special, uplifting gift for a sheep-loving friend (or for yourself), this is it. Selma is a sweet and contented sheep who—even if she won a million dollars—wouldn't change her life one bit.

Both written and illustrated by Jutta Bauer, this small book was a great success in the author's native Germany before being translated into English in 2002 as, "Ewe Too Can Be Happy." Fortunately for ewe pun foes, the book was re-titled for this 2003 release.

Bauer tells the story in her own handwriting, pairing it with her whimsical pen-and-ink and watercolor wash images.

The Story of Selma
At the beginning of the book we see a forelorn little dog in desperate need of help. He goes to the wise ram and asks, "What is happiness?"

The ram responds by telling the story of Selma and the simple rituals that make up her day, such as eating a little grass at sunrise, playing with her children at lunchtime, and chatting with Mrs. Miller in the evening.

When an invisible interviewer (illustrated only as a hand with a microphone) asks her what she'd change if she had more time or money, Selma ignores the predictable material trappings and happily chooses more of the same—eating a little grass at sunrise, playing with her children at lunchtime, and chatting with Mrs. Miller in the evening.

A Tiny Treat
Only 32 pages long, this book's power lies in its unassuming simplicity. The message is clear without a hint of pretense.

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