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PreS-Gr 1-An uplifting story about conquering fears and making friends. Hugo, the scarf-sporting avian protagonist, prefers walking to flying. He enjoys his ground-based Parisian life, making art instead of nests. While building a model of the Eiffel Tower, he meets Lulu, who invites him to the real landmark. He distracts her with land-bound activities until nighttime falls and she leaves. Saddened by her departure, Hugo admits his fear of flying to Bernard the owl. The old bird wisely remarks that "everyone is afraid of something," and teaches Hugo to fly. With more practice and encouragement, he conquers his fears and befriends Lulu. Mixed-media illustrations delight with rich colors, subtly textured paper backgrounds, and varied perspectives. Drawn with almost stick-figurelike simplicity, the birds charm with their vivacious expressiveness. Playful endpapers feature Hugo engaged in his creative pursuits in the front papers and playing with Lulu in the back pages. Pair this with Rob Scotton's Splish, Splash, Splat! (HarperCollins, 2011) or Melanie Watt's Scaredy Squirrel (Kids Can, 2006) for additional inspiration for anxious youngsters.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Hugo is a bird who likes his activities close to the ground. Truth be told, he is afraid to fly. So when a cutie named Lulu asks him to fly with her to the top of the Eiffel Tower, he comes up with plenty of excuses for them to do something else: playing in the park, splashing in the fountain, going to the ballet. But Hugo feels he let his new friend down, and he asks a wise old owl for help with his phobia. Here, the story takes a familiar turn as Hugo learns everyone is afraid of something. When Lulu reappears the next day, Hugo confesses his hesitation, but with the help of a good woman, he soars. What sets this story apart from others with the same basic arc is Dominguez’s delightful ink and tissue paper collages. Though the lead characters are simply executed, with black ink outlining and highlighting their basic shapes, the Paris setting is neatly captured. Parisians lounge in the park, gas lamps add effect, and the Eiffel Tower looms over the city. A charming little ode to overcoming fear. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; First Edition edition (March 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803738641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803738645
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You and your child will love Hugo. He is easy to identify with, and the story will resonate with almost all children (and probably their parents too)! I am a school psychologist and plan to use this with students struggling with anxiety or phobias, as it is a great illustration of using your support network to develop coping skills to face your fears. Plus, the illustrations are ADORABLE. Hooray for Hugo!
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I bought the book for my daughter. She was 4 at the time and the books message was amazing. It taught her that there is a whole world out there to explore. The illustrations are so well put together that everyone can enjoy the book. Well worth the money spent to get this book.
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Hugo is a renaissance bird. Dressed in his best Parisian scarf, he explores the best things the City of Light has to offer. He dabbles in its music, the arts, dances in the street, watches the ballet, plays cards at the park. He longs to visit the Eiffel Tower, and flying is the best way to get there, but Hugo prefers to stay on the ground where he feels safe on his own two feet, so he can only enjoy the view from afar. When Hugo makes a new bird friend, Lulu, who is looking for company to explore the city from above, she is incessant, “Let’s Go, Hugo!” she says. He uses every excuse he can think of to distract her with activities down below so he will not have to admit to her the truth – he is afraid of flying! She returns to her nest that night, and Hugo, afraid of losing his new friend more than he is of heights, practices overnight, so by morning when Lulu returns he doesn’t have to let her down. Will the two friends fly off into the sunset towards the Eiffel Tower together?

This is a great story about finding courage and overcoming fears, and getting by with a little help from friends. Hugo is a joyful, multi-talented, bird about town. His character is really sophisticated, which is so refreshing to see in a children’s book. The illustrations are drawn in a beautiful palate of yellow, greens and browns. The images of Paris as the backdrop to the story is truly lovely and makes me long to take Dolly to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Read more at www.diapers-and-daydreams.com
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See what can happen when you forget to be afraid...

Hugo is a bit different from other birds, he prefers to walk than fly. Actually, it is not so much a preference as it is a fear of flying. He spends his days in a lovely park in Paris until that fateful moment when Lulu, a little bird, flew by and noticed Hugo's artwork.

It looks just like the Eiffel tower and Lulu wants to show him from the air. That would mean flying and Hugo is too afraid and like any wise bird, he has quite a few excuses.

Lulu is not to be put off, so with the help of a trusty friend Hugo is about to find his wings and all the things that he has been missing.

A simple straightforward story with charming illustrations that are not too busy for your young reader.
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I love this story of little Parisian Hugo who is afraid to fly and overcomes his fears with the help of friends. It takes place in Paris, France, and the Eiffel tower is part of the story and Hugo sports a little scarf. Adorable! I bought a copy for my daughter, and ended up buying three more copies for Christmas gifts this year for teachers.
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I love books, especially beautiful picture books. Maybe it's because I tend to be very retrospective, and all of those oldies but goodies (Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle) always make me so happy because they were such a big part of my childhood. Let's Go Hugo, is definitely one of those books I want to introduce to the kids I know and love in my life and I'm sure years from now they'll be reading it to their kids!

The illustrations are adorable and beautiful, but the main reason this book is special is the message. It teaches children (and let's face, it adults too) about overcoming your fears and being open to letting the people around you help you unlock your potential.

Not only would this be a great book for kids, but also someone just graduating and finding their place in the world. Highly recommend!
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I love the story and so do my granddaughters, Pilar and Biulu. They both want to go to Paris, preferably with Hugo. Five-year-old, Biulu, particularly liked that the story was a "romance." We studied the drawings and talked about the way Angela Dominguez did them. Soon we were drawing in ink and gluing tissue paper on stiff paper and drawing in ink. What better compliment to an artist than to try out her techniques. We three are hoping for more Hugo adventures and talked about where he might go next.
Jeanne Betancourt
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Well-told and beautifully illustrated, Let's Go, Hugo has a message to convey, but - like the best children's books - it doesn't drum you over the head with it. And getting past your fears.... I could argue that this is one of the most important lessons - not only for kids, but also for us children-of-all-ages. (As a side note: I wish I'd had this book when I visited Paris a couple years back. I was half-way up the Eiffel Tower myself - when I remembered I had a paralyzing fear for heights. I soldiered on and made it to the top, but boy could I have used me a lil Hugo!)
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