If you couldn’t tell from my previous two reviews of Hugo books, I’m very much attracted to the colorful and expressive characters! This book doesn’t disappoint and I’m so grateful to have been given an opportunity to read and review another one of these fun and educational books.
In this story, Hugo is sad and learns what helps make him happy for 1 day, 1 month, 1 year, and, finally, forever. He learns that money, possessions, and time fades, but that by sharing his heart and making others happy without worrying about his own gain makes him happy in the end.
It’s a sweet story that even adults should be reading. I have read this book about 5 times – it’s an easy read, makes me feel good, and I keep thinking it’s too short because I just want more.
Once again, the characters grab my young daughter’s attention and I’m hoping that the great message is seeping into her subconscious to emerge when the time is right. I love that I can bring her the structure of character education without being forceful and “schooled”, rather by simply reading a fun and vibrant story.
In this story, the author, Suzy Liebermann, does a great job explaining how things can temporarily make you feel happy, but that eventually the novelty fades. She does so with ease and without using flowery or difficult concepts – which I think would make this easy for a young mind to comprehend.
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