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THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS (HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH - Educational Children's Book Collection 1) [Kindle Edition]

Suzy Liebermann
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Award-Winning Finalist in the CHILRDEN’S MIND/ BODY/ SPIRIT category of the USA “Best Books 2012” Awards.

Come on a sea adventure with HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH as he finds out that HAPPINESS STARTS WITH EMPATHY.

The story contains a great educational lesson about EMPATHY AND SHARING which parents will love while children will be intrigued by the inspiring characters and power SHARING can have.

In Hugo, children, parents, and educators will discover a lovable and engaging role model with whom they can identify.

The story consists of 28 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.

There are more HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH stories waiting to be discovered. Make sure to read THE LAST BULLY.
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.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2604 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Happy Language Kids Publications; 1 edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Lesson for the Whole Family April 30, 2013
The Secret to Happiness is the first book from the Hugo series that I've read. I really like the artwork. It's very bold and vibrant and not too busy for a little mind. Hugo is a bright red starfish with big eyes and I think a character that a child would be easily attracted to and easily remembered. Immie is only 13 months, and although she may not understand the message in the story yet, she certainly loves to flip through the pages and look at all the images.

The message itself is a great one - Empathy. More importantly, that having empathy for others is the secret to a happy life. I love this message and it is one I want to instill in my daughter. I think the way it is written is simple enough for a child to understand, and that's really important. Hugo tries to find happiness through different material possession...only to find that it doesn't create permanent happiness. He finally finds happiness by sharing his heart with others. It's a great lesson.

I really like that there's a blank page at the end to encourage your child to think about what they've just learned and to be creative. Also, there are 12 more free activities to go along with "The Secret to Happiness"...that you can download from the website! What a fun way to teach and learn with your kiddos! Consistency is key for children, and since this is part of a series of books...Hugo's character has the ability to keep making a positive impression on young minds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugo Makes Us Happy July 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Hugo is a starfish navigating his way through childhood. This time he is trying to find out what makes him happy. He learns various ways from his friends and then ultimately figures out that when he shares with his friends, he is happy. It is a simple lesson, but one that is hard to instill in our toddlers. I am constantly telling my 3 year old son, that If he shares his toys, his friends will play with him AND his toys. It is slowly sinking in and I am one proud momma when he wants to take 2 toys to a playdate so that he can share with his buddy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great lesson not only for children but adults also April 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I just love all of the Hugo books they all teach great lessons that everyone can learn from. I like how Hugo learns at the end to be happy he needs to share without expecting anything in return. The colors and illustrations in this book are wonderful. Everyone should add Hugo books to their libraries at school and home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for learning lessons March 5, 2014
By L.B.
Format:Kindle Edition
I highly recommend this book series for children 5 and up. My daughter was thoroughly excited about the pictures and the different characters in the story, but since she's only 2 she could not benefit from the books story line. As she gets older, this book will definitely be of help to her :)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Hugo the Happy Starfish! March 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Hugo the Happy Starfish — The Secret to Happiness –is educational and lovely like all of Suzy Liebermann’s books. Vividly beautiful illustrations, and key lessons of morality, help children to realize the secret of happiness lies, not in material things, but in the heart, beginning with empathy. Lovable characters, and educational segments pleased me, and my daughter was simply hooked on the story line. I recommend this book to any parent trying to fortify their children’s moral compass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lesson February 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the fact this book teaches a lesson. That only you can make yourself happy. A problem that most adults have and its nice to teach toddlers that. Yea, toys and materialistics will make you happy but that is only temporary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am sure we will be reading the entire Hugo series! February 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
by Paige: I am 7 years old and love to read books. I liked Hugo because the book tells us we should be happy. Hugo was cute so I smiled. I did some of the things Hugo did: Spend time with my friends and take a nap. I wish I could go fishing too! I use my heart to be happy, just like him!

by Alyson: As a mom, I am always looking for ways to teach my kids without them knowing they are learning and we are big on books and reading at our house. When I found Suzy and her wonderful Hugo series, I knew we were on to something good. The characters are darling. The illustrations are bright and cheerful. And while the language is written so children can grasp the meaning, the author never talks down to the children. I was thrilled my daughter loved it. I even enjoyed reading it myself. I am sure we will be reading the entire Hugo series!

*DISCLOSURE* I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret to Happiness found! February 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I got this product as part of an advertorial.

The book is bold and vibrant, perfect to hold your child's attention.
Hugo (the red starfish) is trying to find out what makes him happy.

Magic Manta gives Hugo a few ideas to help him find happiness! Each time, he is guiding him to try new things.

After several temporary happy moments, Hugo realizes that the key to happiness is ..[...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Happy Starfish:
What a cute, well written and illustrated book for kids. Not only was it full of color and neat characters but told in such a way that it reaches different learning experiences as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim Justice
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute for kindle kids
I purchased to read to my grandkids on my kindle. They loved the color of the illustrations. It is bright, cheerful and a very short story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mzglorybe
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Good Message
This book was great for Ms. Middle {age 4}. She was quickly engaged with the story and sat through the whole book with no "wiggles". Read more
Published 4 months ago by dmwil80
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable & Educational
I read this book to my 5 year old preschooler. He was actively engaged in the story and was anxiously anticipating what would happen next. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michelle Knopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugo taught us the Secret to Happiness
Ms. Liebermann has written a beautiful children's book about underwater sea creatures and one special star fish in pursuit of happiness. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bella creations
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving The Secret to Happiness
What is the secret to happiness? Will it last? How long will it last? What do I have to do to be happy? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Natasha Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Teaches an important lesson
This book was bright and colorful and conveys an important message to children. I'm sure your kids will love it, and it will be teaching them kindness, love and empathy as well. :)
Published 5 months ago by Sandy
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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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