Here’s another great children’s book from Suzy Liebermann: THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS (English Edition) (HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH – Educational Children’s Book Collection) In this adventure, as one can tell from the title, Hugo is searching for happiness. As Hugo finds happiness, he repeatedly becomes frustrated as it is only fleeting. He finds ways to be happy for a day, a week, even longer, but it always let down when he finds himself bored yet again. In the end he learns that he can find lasting happiness by sharing his heart with others, “without looking at what he could get in return”. This story lays a foundation for conversation on attitudes, empathy, selflessness, and a willingness to serve others.
The illustrations in this book were bright and colorful, but I did notice that many pages were actually repeated images from earlier in the story. I was slightly disappointed in that, but considering this series was designed for use as a teacher of cultural art and foreign language aligning with the standards of PYP IB Curriculum, this is a great teaching tool for cross-cultural communication. I also felt this storyline was a bit cheesy, but again great for simple communication. The one thing I loved in this particular story was the use of words like “meander”–great vocabulary to be teaching!
I would recommend this particular book to teachers (particularly International Baccalaureate) and parents alike. Again, it is a great resource for those looking to teach or start a conversation surrounding true happiness, empathy, and selflessness.
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