Happiness Begins Within

Hugo is a little starfish with a big heart. Every day he makes other creatures happy—and doing that makes Hugo happy. One day he begins to feel small and ugly, convinced that nobody likes him. When granted some magic wishes he decides to change a few things he doesn't like about himself.

Hugo learns a great lesson and once those changes are made he wishes he could be himself again.

Join Hugo on his journey as he discovers that being himself is the best way to be—and the only way to be happy.

Hugo the Happy Starfish is a story about the importance of self-esteem when striving to be a happy and successful person.

Hugo's story is a good way to teach kids about having a healthy self-esteem and to be happy with the way they are.

An award winning children's book to teach APPRECIATION, SELF-ESTEEM & THE FIVE SENSES.

Award-Winning Finalist

in the CHILDREN'S MIND/ BODY/ SPIRIT category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News


Happiness Begins with Sharing

Hugo is a little starfish. He finds his life dull. Tired of feeling sad, one day he sets off to find happiness. After much searching, he discovers something that makes his heart do a somersault! Sharing with others is the only thing that makes him truly happy; all other things just made him feel better for a little while.

Adults strive to teach children to share within their communities. Encouraging children to give teaches them empathy, as well as a sense of social responsibility. Children can feel empowered by giving and sharing with others.

A great book to teach EMPATHY, the CALENDAR and the IMPORTANCE OF SHARING.


Happiness Begins With Respect

Hugo is a little starfish and so it's not surprising that in this story he comes across several bigger fish in the ocean. Sadly, they are bigger fish with the wrong attitudes – they're bullies! After seeing his friend getting bullied, Hugo decides enough is enough. He forms the Anti-Bully Club and teaches the bullies a valuable lesson about respect.

By working together as a group, Hugo and his friends manage to show the bullies that there's always a bigger fish in the sea and that happiness comes from respecting others, not bullying them.

‘THE LAST BULLY’ is a confidence-boosting book for children, showing them that being different is OK and the best way to deal with bullies is to tell someone about it.

This tale is a great way to deal with one of the biggest issues around.

A fabulous book to teach RESPECT.


Happiness Begins One Step At A Time

Hugo is a little starfish with a big sense of adventure. One day he finds an empty candy wrapper with a picture of a huge chocolate mountain. Usually when Hugo finds trash in the ocean it upsets him but this time what he found made him curious. Hugo discovers that his chocolate mountain is in fact a real mountain, which is called the Matterhorn and is located in Switzerland.

He decides to set off on a journey to find this mountain – a huge challenge for a little starfish!

Hugo learns to take one step at a time and to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Join Hugo as he finds the secret of perseverance when the road gets difficult.

ONE STEP AT A TIME is a story about the need for perspective, whatever mountains we face.

This book is the perfect way to each kids to divide big challenges into little chunks and to take things one step at a time.

An excellent teaching tool to teach COMMITMENT and TRANSPORTATION.


Happiness Begins One Moment At A Time

Hugo the Happy Starfish has a problem: He receives presents and they keep disappearing.

The gifts Hugo gets make him feel all sorts of emotions – from happiness to sheer exhaustion, from curiosity to confidence. But, with his friend Magic Manta's help, Hugo discovers that all his gifts have one thing in common, despite the fact they only exist for a moment... They can bring him joy.

THE MAGIC OF THE MOMENT teaches kids the importance of appreciating each moment for what it is and how to enjoy the “present” as much as Hugo learns to enjoy his presents!
The reader will meet with some inspiring truths about appreciating life. As someone wise once said, “Today is a gift – that's why it's called 'the present'.”

A great teaching tool to teach APPRECIATION, FEELINGS and TIME


Happiness Begins With Nothing

THE JOY OF NOTHING is a children’s book about nothing – something – and everything.

Hugo the Happy Starfish is a little confused!

His friend Willie the Mouse says he is doing nothing, but it looks to Hugo that he is sitting on a rock – that's something!

In this simple story for younger readers – explaining the meaning of nothing - Willie helps Hugo by showing him what you can do if you are not doing anything.

Join Hugo as he learns the valuable lesson that nothing can mean everything! This is a wonderful story about friendship and the fact that friendship often doesn’t need much but the appreciation, time and willingness to spend time with your friend and enjoy doing nothing together.

A great teaching tool to teach


Happiness Begins With Character

Hugo is a little starfish whose home is at the bottom of the wide ocean. He longs to visit the real world, and one day he decides to go and find it. Hugo's journey to happiness isn't quite as straightforward as he hopes though. He is sent to a series of different islands where he is taught important character lessons.

By the end of his journey, Hugo has visited fourteen islands, made many more friends and, most importantly, learned how to be a better starfish.

‘HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH - ISLAND ADVENTURES’ is packed with life lessons for kids, showing them the importance of appreciation, patience, tolerance and optimism amongst others.

Teaching children life skills can be tricky, but with this exciting book your kids will come across some of the most important lessons there are to be learned. Like Hugo, their journey to the real world will be full of character lessons along the way.

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