Reading is a very important part of our life. I’ve been reading since forever and I wanted my children to enjoy the same rapture, excitement, sadness and adventure I felt when I was reading so naturally when my youngest son was born I wanted to develop his reading skills as early as possible. Hugo the Happy Starfish: The Last Bully is a good example of a book that can help develop characteristics like respect. Bullying is a very important issue that should be covered no matter what the age.
My son thoroughly enjoyed this book and wanted to read it together again. He’s only 3 years old but the colorful characters and story line kept him interested. Of course, I had to throw in some interesting voices and point out certain aspects such as Clooney the Clownfish crying, Simon the Shark being scared and Oscar the Orca being sad. These are all emotions he has felt and he loved to point out the different characters and the expressions on their faces.
The Hugo the Happy Starfish series by Suzy Liebermann features character education to teach respect, self esteem, empathy, commitment, appreciation, friendship among others. Focusing on a children’s book about bullying is certainly a timely topic. With the increasing number of children that have come forward to tell their stories of bullying in schools, hopefully a law against bullying will soon be passed.
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