Book Review: Hugo & The Bridges of Creativity

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. creativityHugo the Happy Starfish is back in Bridges of Creativity. Hugo goes on an adventure with the Queen and ends up at the Island of Creativity.  Hugo is told he needs to use his imagination, but thinks that he won’t make it to the island because of the water in between the rock wall and the island. He notices that the other creatures are creating a bridge of creativity and are working their way towards the island. Hugo is warned that the bridges will only be firm if the artist is being truly creative.  Hugo decides to copy one of the other creatures.  But the paint wouldn’t stay up to form a bridge! It just dripped down and got washed away.  The Queen explains to Hugo that in order to be truly creative, you have to think for yourself and not just copy everyone else.  Hugo thought about things for a while and then ended up coming up with his own creative design.  It created a bridge and brought him to the island!

I really liked the lesson in this book – think for yourself and come up with your own great ideas and don’t just copy what someone else has already done!  It also has some great tips on what to do if you are feeling stuck with coming up with your own ideas. Another great lesson from Hugo the Happy Starfish – for everyone, not just kids!


About the Book

Come on a sea adventure with HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH as he finds out that HAPPINESS begins withCREATIVITY.

BRIDGES OF CREATIVITY  (THE ISLAND OF CREATIVIYT) contains a great educational lesson about being creative.

On the ISLAND OF CREATIVITY Hugo learns that being creative is a very important part of life because you never know what life will bring you.
He also learns what creativity is all about and how much fun it can be.

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.

In Hugo, children, parents, and educators will discover a lovable and engaging role model with whom they can identify.

The story consists of 28 gorgeous illustrations showing a colorful and magical underwater world.

Children will laugh at the delightful characters, hold their breaths in suspense and love to read this story over and over.

The book is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for older children.

The book comes with a number of worksheets which are downloadable at no cost on our website.
The book is offered in two editions (a version with Spanish introductory vocabulary and an English only version) as well as in different languages such as German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

There are more HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH stories waiting to be discovered. Make sure to read THE LAST BULLY and THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS, THE MAGIC OF THE MOMENT, ONE STEP AT ATIME and many more.

Through his adventures, Hugo learns many valuable lessons of character, life skills, and ecological alertness – all amid the backdrop of a magical underwater world and mystical islands.
The stories were developed in conjunction with the author’s teaching experience at an International Baccalaureate® School and they support the different learner profiles and attitudes of the IB PYP curriculum.

Get your copy today and be sure to look out for more quality Kindle Books published by HAPPY LANGUAGE KIDS PUBLICATIONS!

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Book Review: Rolling Stones Gear

gearRolling Stones Gear is an interesting approach to a band biography.  While it tells the story of the Rolling Stones, it focuses more on the instruments that they used throughout the years.  Considering they have been around for 50 years, there are a lot of musical instruments that have been used on tour and in the studio. The book is incredibly thorough and full of great information as well as photographs.

With 30+ chapters chronicling 50 years it seems that the authors left no stone unturned in finding out al the information about the band and their instruments. It’s an incredible amount of information.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Rolling Stones Gear is the first book to historically document all of the Rolling Stones’ musical equipment. It’s also the story of the Rolling Stones, but with a new twist: their history as told through the instruments they used. This book covers not only the group’s personal background, but also every tour and studio session from their inception in 1962 to date, with detailed documentation illustrating what instruments and equipment were used during these periods. Every song recorded by the band, including demos and out-takes are also documented, with input from within the Stones’ ranks as well as from people who were involved with the band. This lavishly illustrated book contains hundreds of photographs and rare images, many of which have never been published, including The Rolling Stones’ actual guitars and equipment, which were specially photographed for this book and are seen here for the first time. Whether you are a musician, a Stones fan or just the casual reader, you will learn many new facts about the band from their monumental fifty-year existence.

Idol Thoughts – RUSH WEEK

I had no intentions of blogging Idol this year and I had no intention of WATCHING Idol this year but I decided to check it out to see the new judges panel.  I absolutely LOVE their dynamic this year (and Keith and I sometimes say the exact same things, which is kind of creepy)

I still don’t think I am going to blog weekly like I used to with Idol episodes (it kind of makes the episodes less enjoyable for me because I’m trying to blog while watching and not totally paying attention as I should be), but I had to talk a bit about this “Rush Week” that they introduced this season. For those of you who aren’t watching this season – they have basically been racing through EVERYTHING. Nothing has been dragging out as it used to.

But RUSH Week takes the cake.  We have the Top 30 – 15 boys and 15 girls.  But throughout each of the nights during Rush week the judges picked only TEN of these 15 to perform.  5 of them rehearsed and had a song prepared but the performance will never be seen.

Did they pick the 10 I would have picked? I have NO IDEA because there are very few I feel like I “know” and very few I remember enough to say “Yeah I’m glad she didn’t go through” (And the one I can say that about I only “know” because I saw her audition for XFactor…)

Beyond that – on Thursday this now Top 20 will go down to the Top 10 and then the judges will get 3 wild cards.  And then we’re already at the Top 13!?

I mean, I know they draaaag things out a lot and I can’t stand that – but this extreme turn around, I don’t think was what they should have done. They could have found a happy medium, I think.

So to sum it up – I’m not a fan of Rush Week – it is TOO RUSHED!


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