Official Review: Be Happy To Be You by Diane Hull

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Official Review: Be Happy To Be You by Diane Hull

Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Oct 2018, 10:08

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Be Happy To Be You" by Diane Hull.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Baby bird watches his friends and wishes he had their abilities to swim, run, and jump. Be Happy to Be You by Diane Hull is a children's picture book that follows the little bird's story as he learns to appreciate his own gifts and talents while finding joy in who he is.

Baby bird wishes he could swim in the river like his fish friends. If only he could run like the horses in the fields or jump like the frogs on the lily pads, he would be happy. Each time he admires others' abilities, his mother reminds him that he has special gifts of his own and encourages him, "Be happy to be you." It's not until the little bird gets sick and is unable to do the things that usually come naturally to him that he learns to appreciate his unique gifts and daily routine. Young readers, as well as adults, will relate to his journey to learn self-acceptance, joy, and contentment.

I really enjoyed reading this sweet picture book that emphasizes the value of being comfortable in your own skin--or in this case, feathers. The story is creatively written, edited, and beautifully illustrated. I find that artwork can make or break a quality children's book, and the colorful illustrations by Jan Dolby definitely enhanced the story.

Baby bird's character reflects vulnerability and insecurity making him relatable to young children. At the same time, young readers will find the encouraging mother's character reassuring. I particularly appreciate the way Hull uses the simple story to convey the importance of both accepting ourselves, as well as appreciating our unique abilities and talents. Since comparison is human nature, haven't we all wrestled with this concept at one time or another? This delightful book provides a fun way to teach this crucial lesson to young children without preaching.

The only weakness that could be considered regarding this story is that multiple variations on the topic have been published. Sadly, wanting to be someone other than ourselves and desiring others' talents are common themes in our society. Even so, there's a reason for the popularity of the subject, and I found Hull's style of addressing it to be creative and relatable to young children.

I'm happy to rate this entertaining children's story 4 out of 4 stars. It's always a pleasure to read an error-free book. I recommend it to the parents, grandparents, and teachers of young children. Additionally, the universal themes of self-acceptance and individuality will appeal to the adults reading it, as well.

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Post by sonya01 » 10 Oct 2018, 13:58

Thanks Cecilia. As always, your reviews are clear and concise and hit the nail on the head. I love children's books as there is always a significant lesson to be learned from them. The baby bird on the front cover looks terribly sweet, as well!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Oct 2018, 15:42

sonya01 wrote:
10 Oct 2018, 13:58
Thanks Cecilia. As always, your reviews are clear and concise and hit the nail on the head. I love children's books as there is always a significant lesson to be learned from them. The baby bird on the front cover looks terribly sweet, as well!
Thanks, Sonya. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Noraine Alissa Poria » 11 Oct 2018, 02:29

This is a great story for kids. I think kids will learn a lot of moral lessons in this book. Great review

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Post by zenabylem » 11 Oct 2018, 02:48

I agree to Cecilia's Review and the book is great reading material not only for kids and young adults but for adults as well ..even old folks needs to be reminded of how uniquely we are all created and the capabilities each one has.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Oct 2018, 08:54

Noraine Alissa Poria wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 02:29
This is a great story for kids. I think kids will learn a lot of moral lessons in this book. Great review
Thank you, Noraine. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Oct 2018, 08:55

zenabylem wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 02:48
I agree to Cecilia's Review and the book is great reading material not only for kids and young adults but for adults as well ..even old folks needs to be reminded of how uniquely we are all created and the capabilities each one has.
Thank you for commenting.

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Post by Kipruto Gideon Ngeno » 11 Oct 2018, 09:08

I have really liked the book review, it's a good book for the kids.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 11 Oct 2018, 14:23

That cute little bird getting sick is a unique take on learning to appreciate one's own abilities. I think that was a clever way to look at it, and that is something children can easily relate to. Even though the topic is addressed in an abundance of books/movies/shows, children who enjoy reading can get through so many books, and I don't think the recurring self-acceptance theme can do any harm.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Oct 2018, 16:47

Kipruto Gideon Ngeno wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 09:08
I have really liked the book review, it's a good book for the kids.
Thank you.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Oct 2018, 16:48

kfwilson6 wrote:
11 Oct 2018, 14:23
That cute little bird getting sick is a unique take on learning to appreciate one's own abilities. I think that was a clever way to look at it, and that is something children can easily relate to. Even though the topic is addressed in an abundance of books/movies/shows, children who enjoy reading can get through so many books, and I don't think the recurring self-acceptance theme can do any harm.
I agree. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 11 Oct 2018, 20:48

I have read your review of the book Be Happy To Be You. It is a story of a little bird who wishes to be like a frog and like a horse. He desires to jump, to run and to swim for his happiness. Extremely different and beautiful review of the picture books of a little bird. Thanks for your review.

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Post by BookReader+6 » 12 Oct 2018, 07:56

Such an important topic for children to learn, acceptance of themselves and pride in what they can do. I love the illustration on the cover too! Thanks for a tour review!
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Post by bookowlie » 12 Oct 2018, 10:05

Thanks for another well-written, thorough review! I read and reviewed this book a few months ago and agree it was entertaining with an important message. It's nice when a book can be both fun and educational.
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Post by T_stone » 13 Oct 2018, 07:30

This is another succinct review from you as well as much more. Sounds like a book that's fun-filled and educating. A book for the young readers. Nice review.
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