Imagine happiness can be learned


About the author

Susy Leibermann,the author and native of Germany and former resident of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the Islands of the Bahamas and Switzerland, now living in the USA—has traveled the world in pursuit of language, art, and culture. Having found it, she now shares it with the world’s teachers, parents, and children through educational literature.  Leveraging her decades of global experience teaching in German, Spanish, French, and English with a degree in foreign language translation and a master’s degree in business management and international business, she launched Happy Language Kids Publications in 2010 as an interactive language learning program for children and their young-at-heart elders.

About the Book

Believing that happiness can be learned, feelings can be understood and that building character based on a positive attitude leads to happy, content, self-confident and successful human beings, Suzy Liebermann has created this exciting series of charming books about HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH. The series of books on character education aims to help educate children about their feelings, their attitude, their choices and the consequences that follow and includes an introduction to the Spanish language, lessons of character, ecological alertness and life skills—all amid a backdrop of a colourful island and mystical underwater world.  HAPPY HUGO BOOKS support the different PROFILES and ATTITUDES of the PYP IB curriculum. The IB (International Baccalaureate)  Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. You can learn more about this program at

In My Opinion

Today I want to introduce you to Hugo the Happy Starfish. Hugo is a little starfish with a big HEART. His passion is to make others happy but he still has a lot to learn.  Fortunately he has more than just a big heart, he also has a curious mind.  Hugo the Magic of the Moment The book I reviewed with my boys, 5 and 4,  was Hugo The Happy Starfish The Magic of The Moment.  I thought this was a very cleaver way to teach our kids to appreciate every moment of every day.  Even if we are sad one day it is only for a moment and sometimes we have to be patient but another smile is just a moment away.  This is a delightful series that my boys are really enjoying. The stories have a lesson learned in each and talks about it at the end of the story. I really love that the stories teach important life lessons instead of being just another story book. In addition to life lessons, they include a little Spanish lesson as well teaching a few words pertinent to the story. At the end of this story we learn that the past is history; you can’t get back what you didn’t enjoy. The future is a mystery because we don’t know what it holds for us but that today is a gift that we get to enjoy that is why it is called ” the present!” We also learned how to ask, “How do you feel” and answer the question in Spanish. There were several “feeling” words translated into Spanish that we could choose from like happy, sad and tired but in Spanish. My son Ryan said, “Estoy consado”, I am tired. My other son Ryker said, “Estoy feliz”, I am happy. What did my boys think? My five-year-old smiled at my and hugged me around my neck when we talked about the moral of the story at the end. You simply can’t beat a review like that!

The series offers these books:

  • The Secret to Happiness-teaches empathy, the calendar & the importance of sharing
  • Its Good To Be Me-teaches self-esteem, appreciation & the 5 senses
  • The Last Bully-teaches respect
  • One Step At A Time-teaches commitment & transportation
  • The Joy of Nothing-teaches appreciation, transportation, friendship & nothing
  • The Magic of The Moment  and many more
  • look at the list of books HERE

For more info on the products and the author your can go to   Hugo is also on Facebook.


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