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Hooray for You!: A Celebration of "You-Ness"

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Hooray for You! is a celebration of "you-ness" — the grand sum of body, mind and heart that makes every person truly unique!

The perfect gift of congratulations, encouragement or just because, Hooray For You! is the ideal way to commemorate the simplest or most significant life accomplishments.

Whether graduating from kindergarten or college, winning a spelling bee or a ...

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Overview

Hooray for You! is a celebration of "you-ness" — the grand sum of body, mind and heart that makes every person truly unique!

The perfect gift of congratulations, encouragement or just because, Hooray For You! is the ideal way to commemorate the simplest or most significant life accomplishments.

Whether graduating from kindergarten or college, winning a spelling bee or a marathon, celebrating a 5th or 85th birthday, Hooray for You! says, "there simply is no other like you."

Rhyming verses describe many of the reasons for celebrating one's unique qualities.

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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: 9780974146539
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 111,978
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Richmond
Beloved author and illustrator MARIANNE RICHMOND has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect with each other. She lives in the Minneapolis area. Visit www.mariannerichmond.com.
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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    Having "You-ness"

    "Hooray for You! A Celebration of 'You-ness'" has an important theme for all ages: be happy with who you are. Early childhood children are young and impressionable. Richmond's book celebrates uniqueness. She defines "you-ness" as being distinct and special individuals. Her book would help my early childhood students think about their unique qualities that make them special. I love the painted illustrations depicting children smiling over their "you-ness." The illustrations would capture my students' attention.

    My preschool students enjoy sharing about themselves. I would use this book at the beginning of the school year to begin celebrating our new classroom friends. The book would also work well to reinforce individuality in an "All About Me" unit.

    If you like Hooray for You! A Celebration of "You-ness", I also recommend Todd Parr's books below. They celebrate diversity, individuality, and uniqueness. The illustrations are also bright and intriguing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

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    I am a first grade teacher and this is one of the books I use in the beginning of the school year. I love the simplicity of her message and the whimiscal way it is presented. Society places great pressure on how we should look, dress, and act. This book reminds kids and grown-ups alike to embrace their unique qualities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    must have for parents and children alike

    My three-year-old was given this for his birthday. It is already a favorite of his and mine. I plan on reading it to him again and again now and on into the awkward teenage years that are so hard. I have read it on a down day myself. It reminds you that everyone is special just because of the uniqueness that sets you apart.

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    Posted July 21, 2009

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