I received a copy of this book to facilitate this review, I was not compensated for this post. All opinions within are my own.
I try and read Ana new books every week. We go to the local library and pick out 5 or 6 books that look cute, funny and educational and we also have a huge collection at home. I was excited to receive a copy of Hugo The Happy Starfish The Secret to Happiness by Suzy Liebermann, and Ana was just as happy to read it with me. I love the book for the story line and message of self confidence and happiness. Ana loves the colorful illustrations and cute characters. Together we are both happy when we read an adorable book like this one. And there is a little bit of Spanish in there, which we have been working on. Ana can count to 10 and say please and thank you in Spanish already. How cool?
Here is a little more info about the author and the book from the author herself:
"Hugo 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 happy; all other things just made him feel better for a little while.
Adults strive to teach children to share within 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 others. "
I love that this book includes: Character education, and attitude empathy. Ana is already very sweet and giving, loves to share and loves babies. I see the empathy that is forming in her consciousness and she is very sympathetic too, when someone is hurt or crying. Reading her a well written book such as this one will teach her to put words to her feelings. Also you should know:
An award winning children’s book:
Award-Winning Finalist in the CHILDREN'S MIND/ BODY/ SPIRIT
category of The USA "Best Books 2012" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News "
And a couple of photos of the beautiful illustrations:
We loved reading this together and as Ana learns to read I will love reading it with her!!
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