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Being a PYP teacher at an IB school I was thrilled to have found a children s book series that enhances the understanding and appreciation for the PYP Learner Profile and Attitudes.We LOVE HUGO A useful addition to the social story genre Could be adapted to suit any child s interest. A little book for little hearts.Together with your kid, discover the happiness that doesn t go away after a while. Hugo The Secret to Happiness by Suzy LiebermannThis tablet book needs to be read sideways Starts out with Hugo and all their friends, very colorful children s book Find it hard to read dark print on a dark background.They are sad because he can not find happiness The others help him out.Author bio at the end. The first thing that makes this book stand out ahead of the giant stack we have to review, and many others, are the vibrant, super colorful pages and beautifully detailed characters This caught Deegan s eyes especially and we have read and re read this book so many times now that I know it word for word.This is just one book in a series of Hugo the Starfish children s books, and it is the perfect pick for your child s first Hugo book It is easy to follow, and will keep a busy 2 year olds atten The first thing that makes this book stand out ahead of the giant stack we have to review, and many others, are the vibrant, super colorful pages and beautifully detailed characters This caught Deegan s eyes especially and we have read and re read this book so many times now that I know it word for word.This is just one book in a series of Hugo the Starfish children s books, and it is the perfect pick for your child s first Hugo book It is easy to follow, and will keep a busy 2 year olds attention Deegan s favorite picture was when Hugo was when Hugo is wearing a backpack lol, he thinks cartoons with backpacks are hilarious But he also enjoyed repeating words, especially the word, happy.In this story, Hugo tries and tries and tries to find happiness He asks his friend, Magic Manta, to help him find happiness So, Magic Manta helps grant Hugo s wishes, but the happiness never lasts for to long Hugo keeps becoming sad again and finds, Magic Manta, so he can ask forhappiness.Hugo tries many things like, spending time with a friend, which did bring him some happiness, but it didn t last forever He also found a treasure and bought everything he ever wanted, and had a big house, filled with all of his new things But, he couldn t stay happy I thought this particular part was an excellent addition to this story and the lesson taught I often think about how money can not ever buy you everything you want and need, and we try our best to teach this to our children Many people believe that their problems will all be answered if they just had enough money, a big house, and many things, but in the end, they are going to find that money really can not buy happiness This is a lesson that even grown ups need to learn and this was certainly a good time to discuss this again with all of the little ones.Hugo comes back to his buddy, Magic manta, and is evensad, even though he is driving his fancy new car He tells, Magic Manta, that he is a hopeless case But, Manta immediately tells Hugo that he doesn t think so, and tells him it is simple to be happy and to share with others So Hugo starts to understand the meaning behind happiness and how to feel truly happy and decides to share his heart with others Genevive loved this part of the story because Hugo s heart ended up being so happy that it did somersaults lol Genevive explained that that s what her heart does when she is the happiest little girl in the world Hugo the starfish is a regular length children s book, but this book has brought so many discussions up with our children, new ones each time It is so much fun to be able to sit with the kiddos and have them chime in about what happiness is to them, and what makes them happy That is what makes me the happiest We would recommend this book to all families and for many reasons Of course all that I pointed out above, and because this is 1 in a series of Hugo books, that all discuss different feelings, life skills and valuable lessons of character, attitude empathy, choices, consequences, and it is a very clever way to start teaching a 2nd language Suzy Liebermann, launched happy Language Kids Publications in 2010, as an interactive language program for children and even grown ups This program is particularly aligned with the aims and values she upheld as a teacher of cultural art and and foreign language at a prestigious International Baccalaureate World School.Suzy and Hugo have a super fun website where you can find free games and worksheets and news about Hugo, Suzy and all of the rest of the stories in the Hugo series You can also find some neat information about the author and the visiting author program Oh and Deegan s favorite Hugo Youtube video can also be found on the home page We have had a lot of fun with this book and website, and I certainly appreciate the benefit of Suzy s books and ideas she shares to help our little ones become confident, happy, sweet little human beings This is always something I admire in authors and teachers, and people who go out of their way to help our jobs as moms and dads, just a little bit easier We received a copy of this book in return for our honest review What has made Suzy Liebermann s, Hugo the Happy Starfish The Secret to Happiness an award winning children s book I would say that it is a combination of child friendly composition, character building content, and colorful illustrations Hugo the Happy Starfish The Secret to Happiness is just one of a series of books that Liebermann has written about Hugo the Happy Starfish Born out of Liebermann s belief that happiness can be learned and emotions understood, the series focuses on character What has made Suzy Liebermann s, Hugo the Happy Starfish The Secret to Happiness an award winning children s book I would say that it is a combination of child friendly composition, character building content, and colorful illustrations Hugo the Happy Starfish The Secret to Happiness is just one of a series of books that Liebermann has written about Hugo the Happy Starfish Born out of Liebermann s belief that happiness can be learned and emotions understood, the series focuses on character education and aims to teach children about their feelings, attitudes, and consequences of their decisions The objective is for children to recognize that a positive attitude can lead tocontent, hopeful, and successful human beings.Hugo is a happy little starfish who is blissfully content with his life until he wakes up one day realizing he is sad Finding himself miserable in his predicament, Hugo sets off in search of happiness Along the way he meets Magic Manta, the wisest of all sea creatures, who instructs Hugo on all sorts of various ways he can find happiness After several suggestions and successful attempts with temporary effects, Hugo decides that he wants his happiness to belong lasting, not for just a fleeting moment, a day, or a year In the end, Hugo realizes that it is the very act of sharing that makes him truly happy.The story of Hugo the Happy Starfish The Secret to Happiness is a simple one that emphasizes the empowerment of giving over possession My favorite line from the book is when Magic Manta tells Hugo, It is normal for things to lose their magic after a while, because you get used to having them That is a powerful lesson for children to learn That, in itself, makes this a truly interesting children s book.I absolutely loathe with a deep seated and burning passion a certain annoying sponge that lives under the sea The cover of Hugo the Happy Starfish The Secret to Happiness reminded me so much of this vexatious creature, his home and his friends that I was hesitant to venture any further I did not need to be introduced to anysea related story lines with continuity and profanity issues In the hope that the world should only suffer from once such outrage I continued on with the book Much to my relief, the illustrations were not a reflection of obscene beings that thrive on the ignorance of children, but rather of role model that strive to set positive examples for impressionable children.Once I moved beyond my prejudice I was able to step into the mind of a child I realized just how immensely appealing the colorful illustrations, especially of the undersea environment, found in the book would be to children In fact, my son was quite a bitinterested in the pictures than he was listening to me read It was either that, or he just wanted be to keep reading because he kept turning the pages back on me.Hugo the Happy Starfish The Secret to Happiness, published in 2011, has already been labeled an award winning finalist in the CHILDREN S MIND BODY SPIRIT category of the USA Best Books 2012 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News It would probably make for quite an enjoyable story for 2 5 year olds As I said before, even my 1 year old enjoyed looking at the pictures Nevertheless, the adult literature critic in me has to admit that she was looking forThere is a rhythm to the story that I can appreciate, but it seems to falter somewhat toward the end I just envisagedsupporting examples for the book s intended theme I don t want to have to mark any spoiler alerts I hate to give too much of the story away , so I will just say I was shocked when I turned to the final page I was expectingI wanted.There is also a certain character introduced at the end of the story that just does not work for me I realize that I am discussing talking, animated sea creatures in a children s book so I am expected to suspend critical thinking, but the little heartdrop just makes no sense to me I believe there may have been another means of concluding the story, while simultaneously reinforcing the overall theme of the book.I did appreciate the message behind the story While it is a shame that Hugo has to come across as so alarming depressed in the beginning, the book itself is a great tool to encourage children to share, teach them empathy, and help instill a stronger sense of social responsibility Though seemingly out of place, the random Spanish language insertions, did seem to be an added bonus, and I imagine will become a valuable education device as my son gets older For this reason, as well as for its colorful depictions of easy to love characters and character building lesson, it is actually a great addition to my collection of children s books I especially love seeing 1st edition inside the cover That just might be a big deal someday Hugo the Starfish is happy with his life until one day he realizes he is sad With his sadness comes the realization that he needs to do something to be happy again He decides to go explore the ocean to find happiness In the beginning of his tale, he thinks that happiness is an object that he must find His friend Manta gives him several ideas of how to obtain happiness Each time Hugo visits Mantra, he tells him that he wants to be happy for a longer and longer duration The duration he gives Hugo the Starfish is happy with his life until one day he realizes he is sad With his sadness comes the realization that he needs to do something to be happy again He decides to go explore the ocean to find happiness In the beginning of his tale, he thinks that happiness is an object that he must find His friend Manta gives him several ideas of how to obtain happiness Each time Hugo visits Mantra, he tells him that he wants to be happy for a longer and longer duration The duration he gives each time is always given in both English and Spanish in order to help kids learn a little bit of Spanish at a time.This story lead kids on a journey to understanding that you can t find happiness in the things you have Yes, they can make you happy for a time, maybe even a long time, but eventually they will lose their luster You eventually go looking for happiness elsewhere In the end, Hugo learns that the only way for him to be happy forever is by helping other people and giving of himself to everyone Making other people happy is the best way to be happy yourself Personally, I think the lesson is told beautifully A lot of stories try to character education in ways that don t really get the point across This one demonstrates how the objects didn t make Hugo happy without actually saying right away Things won t keep you happy forever, a statement that kids just don t understand.The first copy of the book I received was a production mistake It had binding issues which caused pages to fall out I have since been contacted by the author who has graciously decided to send me a new copy of the book I am sending my broken book back to her so that she can contact the manufacturer She has been very kind in handling this situation and I am certain that this is a one in a million mistake that is not at all her fault.Readreviews at Identity Discovery Blog &EPUB ☂ Hugo The Happy Starfish: The Secret to Happiness ⇸ Happiness Begins With SharingHugo is a little starfish He finds his life dull Tired of feeling sad, one day he sets off to find happiness After much searching, he discovers something that makes his heart do a somersault Sharing with others is the only thing that makes him truly happyAdults strive to teach children to share with their communities Encouraging children to give teaches them empathy, as well as a sense of social responsibility Children can feel empowered by giving and sharing with othersThis book is a great way to teach EMPATHY and the CALENDARMeet HUGO a little starfish with a BIG HEART His passion is to make others happy but he still has a lot to learn Luckily he does not only have a big heart but also a CURIOUS MINDThrough his adventures, Hugo learns many valuable lessons of character, life skills, and ecological alertness all amid the backdrop of a magical underwater world and mystical islandsIn Hugo, children, parents, and educators will discover a lovable and engaging role model with whom they can identifySuzy Liebermann has written this charming series of children s books to help educate children about their feelings, their attitude, their choices, and the consequences that followEach book offers a themed vocabulary to introduce the Spanish language to the reader Each book also comes with a number of worksheets which are downloadable at no cost on our website We are sure you ll agree that life skills and character traits are two of the most important lessons to teach the young Age appropriate children s books are crucial to child development and well written books that contain a message can expand not only a child s cognitive abilities, but also their emotional, moral, and spiritual capacities The key theme behind the HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH series is that building character based on a positive attitude leads to a happy, self confident and successful human being We believe this distinctive way of sharing a message through the medium of an exciting narrative is what has given the books their charm The stories support the different learner profiles and attitudes of the IB PYP curriculum There are several books in the Hugo the Starfish collection I was sent a copy of The Secret to Happiness and The Last Bully for review purposes Both books arrived securely packaged in a media mailer They were in pristine condition.I took one of the book and handed the other to my son 2 1 2 The first thing I noticed when I opened The Last Bully was the vibrant colors of the illustrations The Secret to Happiness was the same if not brighter Xander does not yet read, but the illustrations There are several books in the Hugo the Starfish collection I was sent a copy of The Secret to Happiness and The Last Bully for review purposes Both books arrived securely packaged in a media mailer They were in pristine condition.I took one of the book and handed the other to my son 2 1 2 The first thing I noticed when I opened The Last Bully was the vibrant colors of the illustrations The Secret to Happiness was the same if not brighter Xander does not yet read, but the illustrations had him instantly engaged as well He paged through pointing at every creature within and chattering excitedly.Hugo is a delightful character The story and lesson in each book is well thought out and important for every child to learn, especially in this world where bullying and child empowerment are such hot button topics I m not a development expert, so this is only my opinion, but I fear the writing style might appeal to older children than this book was intended to target The pictures have the bright, engaging quality of a picture book something older children who would best appreciate this message are not as likely to reach for on their library shelf Nonetheless, I would personally encourage parents to purchase and frequently read these books will their children of all ages I believe these books will be a treasured addition to our library for a long time.Pros Beautiful illustrations Wonderful, relevant message and lesson with each book Available in 7 different languages Award Winning Finalist in the Children s Mind Body Spirit category of The USA Best Books 2012 Awards Cons Writing style may be slightly above the heads of intended audience I don t know the secret to happiness, and if I did what would I do with that knowledge Well Hugo the Happy Starfish is learning from his good friend the Manta Ray the Secret to Happiness Hugo is sad and doesn t know what to do to feel happy So he goes on a quest and runs into his friend the Manta Ray who helps him along the way First he wanted to be happy for an hour so he took a nap, but of course he woke up unhappy So he wanted to know how to be happy for a day, a month a year and then fi I don t know the secret to happiness, and if I did what would I do with that knowledge Well Hugo the Happy Starfish is learning from his good friend the Manta Ray the Secret to Happiness Hugo is sad and doesn t know what to do to feel happy So he goes on a quest and runs into his friend the Manta Ray who helps him along the way First he wanted to be happy for an hour so he took a nap, but of course he woke up unhappy So he wanted to know how to be happy for a day, a month a year and then finally he wanted to be happy forever It isn t until he asks his friend about being happy forever does the Manta Ray share with him what he believes is the Secret to Happiness I really liked that the book showed my children that material things won t make them happy Depending on others for happiness also doesn t keep you happy forever.The main message of this book is that sharing is a way to be happy The book was beautifully illustrated showing the story and my children s favorite part was when Hugo s heart was so happy it was doing flips This book also features some terms in Spanish My children have learned to say hour, day, month and year from this book Sharing is a very important lesson for children It helps them learn to get along with others and develop friendships Having siblings I know all too well about sharing with them and others I teach my children to share and I like this book to use as a back up for why sharing is important It s a great read to pick up for all families with children, whether you have just one or multiple