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Issue Details: First known date: 1947... 1947 The Happiness Box
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Three best friends - a lizard, a monkey and a frog - find a magical box and embark on a quest through the jungle to discover the secret of happiness. 

Notes

  • Intended as a Christmas present for the 300 children imprisoned at Changi, where the author and illustrator were prisoners of war during WWII.

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Works about this Work

y separately published work icon The Happiness Box : A Wartime Book of Hope Mark Greenwood , Andrew McLean (illustrator), Glebe : Walker Books Australia , 2018 13959149 2018 single work picture book children's

'In 1942, Sergeant “Griff” Griffin was a prisoner of war. With Christmas approaching, he decided to make a book for the children cooped up in nearby Changi Prison. The book was said to contain the secrets to happiness. But the enemy was suspicious … With this picture book, award winners Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean bring to life the inspirational true story of a book that became a National Treasure.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Children's Tale Born in Darkest of Days Jane Albert , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 April 2013; (p. 15)
The Story of the Happiness Box Meredith Hinchliffe , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , January vol. 14 no. 4 2004; (p. 8-11)
'Meredith Hinchliffe reveals how Sir David Griffin came to write a children's fable in the grim surroundings of Changi prison camp' (National Library of Australia News, January 2004, p. 8)
Recent Children's Books 1947 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , November vol. 2 no. 5 1947; (p. 265, 267-268)

— Review of The Children's Garden Jill Meillon , Adye Adams , 1947 selected work children's fiction poetry ; Pioneer Shack Dora Birtles , 1946 single work children's fiction ; The Happiness Box David Griffin , 1947 single work picture book
Australian Book Society's Award Eve Pownall , 1947 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , November vol. 2 no. 5 1947; (p. 260-261)
Recent Children's Books 1947 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , November vol. 2 no. 5 1947; (p. 265, 267-268)

— Review of The Children's Garden Jill Meillon , Adye Adams , 1947 selected work children's fiction poetry ; Pioneer Shack Dora Birtles , 1946 single work children's fiction ; The Happiness Box David Griffin , 1947 single work picture book
The Story of the Happiness Box Meredith Hinchliffe , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , January vol. 14 no. 4 2004; (p. 8-11)
'Meredith Hinchliffe reveals how Sir David Griffin came to write a children's fable in the grim surroundings of Changi prison camp' (National Library of Australia News, January 2004, p. 8)
Australian Book Society's Award Eve Pownall , 1947 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , November vol. 2 no. 5 1947; (p. 260-261)
Children's Tale Born in Darkest of Days Jane Albert , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 April 2013; (p. 15)
y separately published work icon The Happiness Box : A Wartime Book of Hope Mark Greenwood , Andrew McLean (illustrator), Glebe : Walker Books Australia , 2018 13959149 2018 single work picture book children's

'In 1942, Sergeant “Griff” Griffin was a prisoner of war. With Christmas approaching, he decided to make a book for the children cooped up in nearby Changi Prison. The book was said to contain the secrets to happiness. But the enemy was suspicious … With this picture book, award winners Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean bring to life the inspirational true story of a book that became a National Treasure.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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