Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Jutta Bauer
Picture book
For ages 4 and up
Kane/Miller, 2003   ISBN: 1929132506

There is no doubt that the world has become a very complicated place, and it is very easy to lose sight of what is important in life. This is not the case for Selma however, and she is truly an inspiration.

Selma the sheep has very simple tastes, and she knows what she likes to do and how she likes to spend her days. Selma likes to “eat a little grass” here and there, spend time with her children and her friends, sleep, and “exercise in the afternoon.” What is very special about Selma is that even if she had more time, or if she had a million dollars to her wooly name, she would not change her life in any significant way. Things are the way she likes them, simple and uncomplicated.

Selma’s story is a reminder that the search for happiness does not need to be a difficult business. We just have to look at ourselves in simple terms and find the things that really make us happy – just like the kindly sheep does.

With very simple text and minimal artwork this little book is a treat for readers of all ages.