Suzy Liebermannhas an entire series of Hugo the Happy Starfish stories, and this one is called “ONE STEP AT A TIME (HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH)“. I had seen one or two of these in the Kindle store previously, and was excited to share this with Maddy as we reviewed it. I thought the story would likely be advanced for her, but I tested her attention span anyway. Sure enough, Maddy was intrigued with the colorful illustrations and I read her the entire thing!
What’s great about this particular story of Suzy’s is that Hugo the Happy Starfish isn’t only in the ocean, though the illustrations for the underwater world are great! However, in this story the starfish, Hugo, travels to Switzerland to climb the Matterhorn! I do love a good international story. 🙂
Throughout the story, Hugo faces obstacles and feels like quitting. The story provides great opportunities to discuss emotions and teach children how to handle their feelings.
This is not one that I would qualify as an instant classic, but more as a classroom or teaching tool. The great part of this is that the stories were developed by Suzy in conjunction with her experience teaching at an International Baccalaureate® School, and they support the varying profiles and attitudes of the PYP IB Curriculum. I think these are a great resource for any elementary educator! Additionally, there are corresponding resources like games and worksheets if you go to Hugo the Happy Starfish! Last but definitely not least, the Kindle version is also available in German here: SCHRITT FÜR SCHRITT (Hugo der Kleine Seestern) (German Edition)!
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