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Named one of Huffington Post's 50 Inspiring Children's Books with a Positive Message. (The Huffington Post)

From the Author

In Only One You Adri's Papa and Mama share with him the wisdom they have learned in their lives. The reader will find either Mama or Papa or both Mama and Papa floating on the pages.

Now in You Be You Adri's adventure continues.

Join Adri as he is out discovering the world on his own. Look for Adri swimming among all the coloful fish.

In this story I wanted the reader to feel comfortable about who they are. We are all different. We have our own talents and we should develope our unique gifts and share them with the world. The message is to be yourself.

Just like the end sheets in Only One You more wisdom and encouragement spills onto the front and back inside covers of You Be You.

I want my stories to speak to all ages.

After reading a story I love to close the book with a smile.

Thank you, for taking the time to read "From the Author." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Brdbk edition (February 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589797477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589797475
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Please visit my website www.lindakranz.com

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love picture books that work on a number of different levels. I just discovered this book today, unaware that it was a follow up to an earlier release. It's a simple little story about a small fish named Adri who notices the other fish swimming with him in the ocean. He sees that some fish swim in a circle, some fish swim in a line, some fish swim together and some fish swim alone. There are red fish and blue fish, quiet fish and loud fish, and smooth fish and spiny fish. The concluding pages detail little Adri's amazement that there are so many fish and they are all so different. His mama's wise words advising him that "Life is grand journey, Adri, you be you." are good words for any young fish or human to hear.

These fish are really cute, bright and colorful. Kids will be fascinated by the many patterns. Not only does this book offer a life affirming lesson in a manner that is straight forward and not heavy handed, it also serves as a great book on opposites! Each two page spread contrasts two words, such as same/different, big/tiny, High/Low, and left/right, giving parents an opportunity to not only introduce concepts of diversity, but also some important vocabulary distinctions. Readers are challenged to find little Adri on every page, giving practice in pattern discrimination, and for those curious youngsters eager to learn what all those words are on the endpapers, they will be treated to a myriad of self esteem building phrases such as "No one is just like you", or "find your bliss", and "accept others". All great discussion starters.

This is an excellent choice for gift giving, and will make a perfect addition to any young preschooler's or toddler's collection. As for me, I will be using it for story time even though it's not all that large. I just haven't seen fish this cute since Lucy Cousin's Hooray for Fish. An enthusiastic recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2013
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This book has such a positive message and I love how on the front and back inside covers there are different quotes to inspire. Being a teacher I used these quotes in my daily morning messages and also read this book right at the beginning of the year to help develop a sense of acceptance and comfort in my classroom. A great read by Linda Kranz!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Mary on July 4, 2013
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Lindy Kranz has an artistic style all her own and it radiates through the pages of this thoughtful and insightful message about being the best "you" you can be!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LadyD on November 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this positive, engaging, colorful book for home, school and church libraries. It's a real page turner, for sure! You will love the main character, Adri who is a rockfish and how he begins to observe others around him and grows in embracing all types of fish and their differences. The simple story line offers a powerful message of love, friendship, uniqueness and acceptance. I love how Adri's parents proclaim a benediction, if you will, over their son with such love and grace. My favorite line, "Life is a grand journey, Adri," Mama said. "You be you." A very nurturing and affirming book that is excellent for everyone's self esteem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AnnieLeo on November 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful follow-up to Only One You. Both books, written for young children, share wisdom about growing up, individuality and self-esteem. They are terrific for gently starting conversations concerning how we are different and how we can enjoy life. There are just a few words on each page, encouraging personal discussion. The illustrations are gorgeous. Linda Kranz paints small, smooth rocks in bright colors and patterns to look like fish. Then she photographs them on pictures of water. The result is stunning.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pancakes25 on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love getting my kids new books that have nice, empowering message. This book is ok but I don't agree with the great reviews this book received. It's simple but in a boring way. My kids were not taken with it. Plus the pictures are horrid! They could do such beautiful pictures of the fish Adri encounters. Instead they look strange and modern (not scary but just weird).

I was disappointed and would not recommend the book. Sorry...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristi S Litzenberg on June 23, 2013
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This book is great for school counselors looking to talk about self-esteem. It is so cute and fun. The pictures are extremely colorful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inmyshoes on May 31, 2014
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I'm not in love with this book. It is colorful and the pictures are cute, but the writing is not great. Most pages are very simple with a few words talking about opposites, but two pages have three full paragraphs on them. It makes the book not flow well and is very hard to read to a child who is the appropriate age for board books. I also do no like how some of the pages specifically rhyme and some do not. It doesn't seem like an accident either. It's not simple words like "you" and "too" it's things like "spiny" and "tiny." It is just a VERY difficult book to read out loud and it annoys me every time I do.
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