Friday, March 14, 2014

HUGO the Happy Starfish~Teamwork

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Author: Suzy Liebermann
Publisher: Happy Language Kids, LLC
Length: 29 Pages

About the book:
Come on a sea adventure with HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH as he finds out that HAPPINESS begins with COOPERATION.
TEAMWORK (THE ISLAND OF COOPERATION) contains a great educational lesson about the ability to work together as a team.
On the ISLAND OF COOPERATION Hugo learns that one can do a lot, however, a team working together can do so much more.
Hugo is a little starfish whose home is at the bottom of the wide ocean. He longs to visit the real world, and one day he decides to go and find it. Hugo's journey to happiness isn't quite as straightforward as he hopes though. He is sent to a series of different islands where he is taught important character lessons.
By the end of his journey, Hugo has visited fourteen islands, made many more friends, and, most importantly, learned how to be a better starfish.
‘HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH - ISLAND ADVENTURES’ is packed with life lessons for kids, showing them the importance of appreciation, patience, tolerance and optimism amongst others.
Teaching children life skills can be tricky, but with this exciting book your kids will come across some of the most important lessons there are to be learned. Like Hugo, their journey to the real world will be full of character lessons along the way.
In Hugo, children, parents, and educators will discover a lovable and engaging role model with whom they can identify.

Our opinion:
I read this book with the Big One, because I felt it would have the most impact with her these days.  She has been struggling with sharing and being a "team player" when it comes to her sisters. In the beginning, she asked me why Hugo needed teamwork.  I told her that it was because everyone needs help from time to time.  She said she didn't {because no 7 year old does, apparently}.  During the story, she asked, "mom, why does that Seedo just play his horn?  Why doesn't he help Hugo build his hut?"  "Let's read the rest of the book to see, ok?" I told her.  As we continued, she realized that even though it looked like Seedo was just playing his horn, he was actually helping because he was calling to his friends.  Some times it takes a village...

We enjoyed this book and were honored to be able to review it, especially when one of the Beanie Babies needed a reminder about how to get along.  

"Hugo needed help to make his hut to be safe from the storm.  He tried to build it alone, but the roof kept falling down.  I don't know about that roof."
~the Big One, age 7

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