The Hugo the Happy Starfish children’s books have been a success with my youngest son.  We’ve read One Day at a Time, a book about how to seize the day and he loves to read it over and over again.

Hugo embarks on an adventure and learns that yesterday is history – tomorrow is the future- today is a gift. It’s a nice insight from the book which can help you to give a different definition to the word present. Encouraged by Magic Manta, Hugo travels to climb the famous Matterhorn in the beautiful country of Switzerland.

I thought the story wouldn’t interest my 3 year old but he was intent while we were reading it. The story starts in the underwater world, home to Hugo and friends. My son enjoyed seeing Hugo travel by turtle, airplane, car, train, and sled.


The clear message of the book is about never giving up which is an important factor in character education. Without it, children won’t have the courage to keep on trying when they feel like they’re not succeeding. It also emphasizes commitment and that by taking one step at a time goals can be accomplished and challenges overcome.

The book series gives you a creative way to teach feelings as well as learn about feelings. Ideal for preschoolers, you can also download free worksheets for the different books. Unfortunately, there aren’t any worksheets yet for this book but they do have some for another book in the series that we’ve enjoyed, The Last Bully.

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