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Only One You Hardcover – July 28, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc (July 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873589017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873589017
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


This book has a beautiful message, it’s beautiful to look at, and it’s great for all ages--children through adults. (Sue Lubeck, owner, The Bookies)

The world would be a better place if this important book were in every child's library! (Camille Verboort, SFMOMA Museum Store)

About the Author

Linda Kranz and her husband, Klaus, shared with their children the things they found to be important in life—being in nature, finding solitude, time together. Now that their children are grown they have taken these lessons to heart and have found that they have a deeper appreciation of the world. Linda is the author of eight journals and a craft book, Let’s Rock: Rock Painting for Kids, which won an IRA Children’s Choices Award. Linda lives with her husband in northern Arizona. Together they enjoy discovering new landscapes in and around the Southwest and returning to their longtime favorite places, again and again.

More About the Author

" When our children were born I began to appreciate so many wonderful children's books. Oh, how books have changed since my childhood. Treasured books that I have on my bookshelf still have a special meaning to me although the art isn't anywhere near as vibrant as art in children's books today."

Linda was born in Georgia and moved many times when she was growing up. "I have always loved art and journaling. Being creative kept me grounded. As young child I would draw and color for hours. As a teen I painted on canvas or blank walls and I wrote.

"Since my husband and I have been married, we've spent a lot of time outdoors, hiking and enjoying the natural world. It seems to me that when you are an artist you notice opportunities to create. Years and years ago I came across a rock that was perfect for painting."

"My love for art and children's books is what inspires me to write and illustrate books. This is a great quote, "If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~ Toni Morrison.

We all have stories inside us waiting to be released. It is a joy to bring a story to life. Set aside time to read your favorite book today or discover a new book. I know you will smile and be inspired."

Linda has written 12 books. Eight journals with guided prompts that are combined with various artists' illustrations, unique graphics or beautiful photography which encourages the writer to fill up the empty pages with their own life stories, Let's Rock: Rock Painting for Kids which won a Children's Choices award and Only One You which focuses on the love between parents and their child, Adri. You Be You continues on where Only One You left off and now Adri is discovering the world for himself. These books speak to readers of all ages.

Introducing Love You When a story that reassures a child that they are indeed thought of through out the course of our busy day. The end sheets offer more examples of times when thoughts of your child come to mind. Readers have said that the message in this book spans not only to the special love between a parent and a child, the message also speaks to adults. Read this book for yourself and see who you think of as you turn the pages. Life passes in the blink of an eye ~ therefore we must express our love.

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Customer Reviews

Very bright and beautiful illustrations.
M. Munoz
This is just a wonderful book and my now 5 year old son still chooses to read this before bed at least 2-3 times a week.
Great book for both children and adults...lovely message.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on August 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's time for Adri to learn and gain wisdom and mama and papa are there to share the knowledge they've learned over the years. And while the bits of wisdom are simple, they are powerful and will serve Adri well.

Some of mama and papa's advice:

-- Look for new friends, look for beauty and keep the memory.

-- Stay in the background when necessary and stand out when you have the chance.

-- You don't have to follow the crowd.

For the other insightful statements, read Only One You and rejoice. It's an absolutely wonderful, positive and uplifting book.

The illustrations of the rockfish are stunning! The brilliant colors will attract children and adults alike.

Armchair Interviews says: Only One You is a must-have book for your precious children.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. Goble on August 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a teacher of 3rd and 4th graders and used this book to start the new school year. It is very simply stated, but leads into fanstastic conversations that the children lead. I was amazed at how in-depth they took the meaning of this book. I will used it every year.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A few years ago I was introduced to this book as the new owner of a toy store. I can honestly say that this book has changed my life and the world around me. It is simply the best gift that you can give to someone. I have witnessed people pick up this book and shed a tear while reading it. It touches you. People buy it for newborns, children graduating from kindergarten,grandchildren,highschool graduation,college graduation,you name it. The painted rock fish in this book inspire the reader to look at life around them and see the world through new inspired eyes. It encourages you to make this world a better place. The children at one of our local elementary schools have lined the front entry to their school with painted rock fish dedicated to Linda Kranz and her book. The words from this book are etched in metal for everyone to read as they enter the school. How many books inspire this in a community? Only One You is truely the best gift that you can give.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Flack on August 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kranz, Linda. Only One You. Flagstaff, AZ: Rising Moon, 2006.

Linda Kranz has successfully enticed many thousands of young people (and adults) into the creative habit of journal keeping with her extremely successful and wide array of innovative journals that commenced with All About Me (Northland, 1996; Rising Moon, 2004). She has also created the ingenious arts and crafts book Let's Rock! Rock Painting for Kids (NorthWord Press, 2003). Now, Kranz has essentially fused these two seemingly dissimilar activities - journaling and rock painting -- into a particularly thoughtful and imaginative manner with Only One You. The book has many virtues, both verbal and visual, and is strikingly beautiful in both its concept and design. The neon-brightness of the richly colorful illustrations may well remind both children and adults of the wildly popular Walt Disney film of a few seasons past, Finding Nemo (2003).

Only One You brings together in one very special volume -- just made to perfectly fit into the small hands of children -- the provocative thinking Kranz invites young people to share via her wonderful journal prompts. It is illustrated handsomely with a veritable ocean of painted rock fish. The story is simple so that even very young children will be able to follow the hero, Adri, on his first solo voyage out into the vast watery blue ocean. Adri has been well educated and mentored by loving parents who have shared valuable, lifetime and life-sustaining lessons: "Always be on the lookout for a new friend," and "Appreciate art. It's all around you." These loving messages of hope and goodness offer gentle guidance on how to live a good, rewarding, and worthy life. They are simply stated, but that makes them no less profound as life guides.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on March 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a school counselor I feel that kids need to be built up, encouraged, and uplifted. This is a little book with a big heart. I even feel uplifted after I read it. I read this with a very soft and gentle voice and the kids become like little sponges. Only One You goes straight to the soul. Imagine if this was read daily to a child. Wow. Positive affirmations are so important. This is also a good book to use with a child who has been doing a lot of negative self-talk. When I hear a child put themselves down, I imagine they must being putting themselves down a 100 times more on the inside. Raise self-esteem by getting this book on your shelf.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dari B. Wayne on September 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Books are golden and what better treasure to share with those you love. Only One You is an excellent "first book" that provides the color of exploration, family structure, and simple words of wisdom on how to live a happy and gentle life all wrapped up in delightful, color happy (rock) fish and handpainted by the author, Linda Kranz. Only One You begs for a reading time with your child, especially the youngest ones as they delight in the fishy illustrations and as they hear the words of wisdom and guidance that a child seeks and wants to hear from those who love and nuture them. I couldn't wait to share Only One You with my lovely granddaughter, Kaitlyn. At 11 months of age, reading time has fast become her favorite pasttime, and Only One You entices her young mindset. Author, Kranz, has captured the essense of communication in her words that invites dialogue between both reader and listener...this to me is the true magic that reading to young people creates. An excellent bedtime book as it renews the love for a child by their parents/guardians...what better way to gently send a child off to dreamland.
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