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Suzy Liebermann
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Book Description

Come on a sea adventure with HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH as he finds out that HAPPINESS begins with ENTHUSIASM.

On the ISLAND OF ENTHUSIASM Hugo learns that Enthusiasm makes the task more enjoyable, however being overly enthusiastic makes you lose your focus and a rude awakening is the consequence.
The little starfish learns how to use his enthusiasm wisely and to stay balanced with self-control.

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.

The story consists of 29 gorgeous illustrations showing a colorful and magical underwater world.

Children will laugh at the delightful characters, hold their breaths in suspense and love to read this story over and over.

The book is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for older children.

The book comes with a number of worksheets which are downloadable at no cost on our website.
The book is offered in two editions (a version with Spanish introductory vocabulary and an English only version) as well as in different languages such as German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

There are more HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH stories waiting to be discovered. Make sure to read THE LAST BULLY and THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS, THE MAGIC OF THE MOMENT, ONE STEP AT ATIME and many more.
Through 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 islands.
The stories were developed in conjunction with the author’s teaching experience at an International Baccalaureate® School and they support the different learner profiles and attitudes of the IB PYP curriculum.

Get your copy today and be sure to look out for more quality Kindle Books published by HAPPY LANGUAGE KIDS PUBLICATIONS!

This edition offers a number of Spanish words as an introduction to the Spanish language.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1409 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Happy Language Kids Publications; 1St Edition - English Edition with some Spanish Vo edition (September 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009B7SDL6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugo is a fun little guy January 23, 2013
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Being a bilingual family, I like that there are Spanish learning words. They are offered as an aside, making the book something that my older, non-bilingual son can read to his younger brother all in English and still enjoy the story. As a mother the lessons that Hugo teaches are valuable and timeless. My son enjoys the Hugo series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Happy Happy August 26, 2013
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FLYING HIGH - THE ISLAND OF ENTHUSIASM (HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH - ISLAND ADVENTURES 1), is about finding Happiness. Hugo the Happy Starfish must travel to various islands to learn about different character traits, life skills, and ecological alertness. This is the first in her series. However, it is my belief that you don't have to start with this book to enjoy the series, but might be beneficial.

Hugo has a big heart and he wants to make others happy. To be truly happy, one has to have the right attitude. This is what Hugo learns. He also learns what it means to be open minded, which can be confusing to kids. Hugo also learns about enthusiasm and how important it is to be enthusiastic to learn new things.

As I read each of Suzy's books in this series, it is interesting to see how Hugo is so much like children in general-very enthusiastic and curious. This is a great series to get. You can start by getting the first book in the series here.

You can read my full review here. [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugo the cutest Starfish August 15, 2013
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Hugo leans of enthusiasm. He's the cutest starfish ever! Every child will love to see and read these cute little books that teach them of emotions. Not many children know how to express their emotions and this helps them to understand them better. I love these little books and each one will be saved for my children and even share with my friends children when they are over. Two thumbs up for Hugo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for teaching August 5, 2013
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My little girls have been so tickled to receive the Hugo books. Even the e-book has colorful pictures to help the kids imagine just how Hugo is dealing with his struggles. I cannot say enough good things about these books. Ms. Suzy has developed a great website to accommodate all the books as well. It seems there are worksheets and downloadables for many of her books. After reading a few of the books I am just now finding this. I wish I had seen it earlier. This is a great tool for teachers, parents, and parents of home schoolers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teaching July 29, 2013
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Loved the lesson in this book. Children all need to slow down and take it all in. Great vocabulary taught.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suzy libermann, done it again July 26, 2013
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This is an amazing and terrific book. Teaches how to appreciate and have patience with one another.. I love the cute starfish, Hugo. This is only one of her amazing books, and all of them are extremely educational for the children in your lives.. They are so super adorable that your child wouldn't feel as if they were being forced to learn something but being read a great book.

Terrific book Suzy:)
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By Angela
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I chose to give this book five stars for a well written and colorful illustrations throughout the book that I think probably helps tell the story as well.
I did not really find anything bad in it at all . Though the author may wish to make the printing a little bigger for those books on say the NOOK device
as it's not very easy on the eyes to be able to read the whose
story easily because one the background and the lettering almost seems to camflage /distort the reading so that it's very difficult to read as well
the printed word is very,very small,see? Look at and try to read the story yourself author as well as the one who helped to get this book published.
It's really worth trying to fix those so others especially older folks who find your stories like very interesting and helpful,tooSuzy! Great story and great illustrations,etc. I recommend this book for children but also for older folk who may not have heard or taught these things that you Suzy has shared here,see? I received this great book for free and have read your book on my I Pad as I followed along on the NOOK reading device,see? By Angela
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! February 11, 2014
By E. Owl
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Great book! My son and I really enjoyed it! He's 5 and loved it as much as I did :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice read cute pages
Published 3 months ago by Angie K
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
We did not like this book at all. I felt it was way too preachy and filled with too many character traits. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lessons in this story
his story reminded me of Finding Nemo! Hugo, like Nemo, was a very anxious fish and he has a hard time practicing self control. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Esluka
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Illustrations!
Hugo the Starfish - Flying High is another cute book by Suzy Liebermann! The message is easy to understand for younger children, and the the illustrations are wonderful as they... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it!
I absolutely love the message that all of the Hugo books deliver! This one does not disappoint! I think all children need to learn these lessons in life and I think this is an... Read more
Published 20 months ago by ArmyWifeNMomma
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiasm
Children will enjoy the lovely and bright pictures. And of course this book (as well as Hugo's other adventures) is a useful tool to prompt good discussions with your young... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Megan Strong
4.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiasm=)
Enthusiasm can be a good thing but too much can also be bad. Go on an awesome adventure with Hugo and learn how enthusiasm can be positive but too much can cause you to miss out=)... Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Huston
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiasm
Hugo is such a fun character. I love this book- learning about your attitude and behavior for children is such a big deal now a days.
Published 20 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!
My 4 year old and I both love all the Hugo books! She loves the amazing illustrations and I love the messages they convey to kids. This one is all about self-esteem. A must read! Read more
Published 20 months ago by alyloo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
Well I have to say that my kids loved this book. This is the story of a little starfish looking for the island of Enthusiasm. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Knikki
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More About the Author

A native of Germany and former resident of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Islands of the Bahamas and Switzerland, Suzy Liebermann--now living in the USA--has travelled the world in pursuit of language, art, and culture.

Having found it, she now shares it with the world's teachers, parents, and children through educational literature. Leveraging her decades of global experience teaching in German, Spanish, French, and English with a degree in foreign language translation and a master's degree in business management and international business, she launched Happy Language Kids Publications in 2010 as an interactive language learning program for children and their young-at-heart elders.

This program is particularly aligned with the aims and values she upheld as a teacher of cultural art and foreign language at a prestigious International Baccalaureate World School.

Character Development for Children

Believing that happiness can be learned, feelings can be understood and that building character based on a positive attitude leads to happy, content, self-confident and successful human beings, I have created this exciting series of charming books about HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH.

The series of books on character education aims to help educate children about their feelings, their attitude, their choices and the consequences that follow and includes an introduction to the Spanish language, lessons of character, ecological alertness and life skills--all amid a backdrop of a colourful island and mystical underwater world.

I have always had a love for teaching and helping others. Being able to share the wisdom of the right attitude through my stories gave my life a new goal to make a difference in the world.

Today I live my dream of helping others to find the right attitude for life - because life gets so much easier with the right attitude. We might not be able to control life's circumstances or other people's actions however we can control our attitude towards them.

With lots of LOVE and HAPPINESS,

Suzy Liebermann


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