Activity Introduction

People often look up reviews of books to see whether they will like the book before buying it. Reviewing books is a very important and difficult job, as you have to effectively communicate many ideas about the book to the audience. Choose your words carefully as you write a review of Where Happiness Hides so you can help fans decide if this is the right book for them.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 7 – 9

Themes:

  • think and connect

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Encourage your kid/s to go beyond answering the prompts with one word and explore in depth what the prompts are encouraging them to consider about the book. They should think critically about how the book has been created to deliberately make them feel a certain way.

This is a great chance to interact with your kid/s to get a sense of what they do and don’t like in books. It can be hard for boys especially to get excited about reading. Make a list of books they like and books they really don’t like or couldn’t finish, and discuss common themes and ideas in the two lists. Do they like books with action? Humour? Are some books too hard to read?

Lesson & Curriculum Details

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Resources Required

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

About the book.

Where Happiness Hides, a picture book by Anthony Bertini, with illustrations by Jennifer Goldsmith. This is a story that shows there is a silver lining in every dark cloud. Anthony Bertini himself explains the project beautifully:

“This book will offer hope. It will be free to everyone in the world to read and enjoy as many times as they want. Yes, it is a children’s picture-book, and the story reflects what we tell our children every day: happiness can be found in simple things. But it is more than that. It is something we tell ourselves in times of hardship and worry. It is a story that helps all of us remember what is important.

“Right now, COVID-19 is forcing us to look for joy and happiness in the least obvious places. We know in our hearts that it is found in the small things. It is always there, hidden in plain sight.”

Where Happiness Hides offers us, through simple and succinct storytelling, a reminder of how these moments of happiness can be found. 

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Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Book Review - Activity Instructions

People often look up reviews of books to see whether they will like the book before buying it. Reviewing books is a very important and difficult job, as you have to effectively communicate many ideas about the book to the audience. Choose your words carefully as you write a review of Where Happiness Hides so you can help fans decide if this is the right book for them.

Step 1. Read Where Happiness Hides three times. Focus on each page and really get a deep understanding of the book.

Step 2. Below are some prompts to help you with writing your book review. Remember that you should try to be unbiased in your review, which means you don’t include a lot of your personal opinion about whether you personally liked the book or not. Instead you are trying to tell other people about what the book is like so they can decide whether they want to read it.

  • Where Happiness Hides is written by _________________
  • It is illustrated by ______________________
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