The title of the book itself is encouraging enough for one to start reading. Be Happy To Be You takes a simple idea and drives it home with a lovable character, cute art, and an entertaining story.
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.
Pippa Goodhart has had over 90 books published and is best known for her picture book You Choose and the Winnie the Witch storybooks, which she writes under the name of Laura Owen. Pippa has been longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award, won the 2011 Mumsnet Children’s Book of the Year for 3-4 Year Olds and was shortlisted for the Young Telegraph Book of the Year award.
Pippa commented on my books:
"I critique a lot of proposed story texts, and I can tell you honestly that it is very rare for me to feel as excited about a text as I feel about these two texts of yours. You’ve got a wonderful writing ‘voice’ that is fresh and fun, creating texts which read out loud with easy pleasing rhythms. Lovely!
These texts are excitingly good. More than that, I’d say that you are clearly somebody who is very much in touch with what small children like and need, and have a fresh approach and a very lovely writing voice. "
Diane Hull’s animal picture book for children, Be Happy To Be You!, is a gentle and disarming fable that teaches kids to recognize and be grateful for their own gifts and skills instead of envying others’ abilities. I loved watching as Baby Bird gets excited seeing the frogs, fish and horses, and could understand his frustration at not being able to do what they did so effortlessly. Jan Dolby’s illustrations make this little bird feel so real.
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