Hooray for You!: A Celebration of You-ness

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Editorial Reviews

Zanne Marie Gray
"While technically this is a children's book, it carries such a strong empowering message that we have placed the review in "Self Help" as well as "Children's books." This is easily our favorite children's book of the year. Marianne Richmond speaks to the specialness and uniqueness in each of us. In both her verse and her delightful painted illustrations, she celebrates the individual in such a fashion as to make each of us believe she wrote it just for us. As this book made its way through our office, each person who rad it, form our 16 year old summer intern to our 62 year old programer, returned the book with tears in their eyes, feeling better about themselves, and wanting to share it with someone else. This book made me want to have children just so I'd have someone to read it to. It is the perfect book for any child, the perfect book for that friend of yours who is feeling a bit down, and the perfect birthday present for just about anyone. It is destined to be a classic. "
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PreS-Gr 2-In this celebration of the individual, Richmond encourages readers to embrace their unique traits and talents. Written in rhyme, the text defines "you-ness" as something "Quite hard to describe,/it's your style of being, your rhythm or vibe./It's the grand sum of you that sets you apart./Your body and brains plus your spirit and heart." The text bounces along, celebrating diverse cultures, different physical traits, and individual dreams. At times, however, it seems too wordy and there are several forced rhymes and awkward passages. Scratchboardlike effects add texture and interest to the thick, lush paintings that resemble whimsical finger-paint art. The illustrations depict girls and boys feeling good about who they are.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780931674440
  • Publisher: TRISTAN Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    Loved this book!!!!!

    I bought this book when I was expecting. After 2 years of reading this book to my son, I still can't read the last page without my heart filling with emotion and a tear coming to my eye. I hope this book along with the love and guidence from his mom and dad, will teach him to love himself and to always look for that something special in others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2002

    Hooray for Marianne

    This book is wonderful for pre teen children, it is a book that a child can take with them all through their life and pass on to their own children some day. I have 3 girls and I read it to all of them and they love it, they are 5, 7 and 11.

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