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When little Adri sets out to explore the ocean, he has no idea how colorful the world is. He quickly discovers that there are all kinds of fish in the deep blue sea—big and tiny, smooth and spiny, colorful and plain, different and the same. In this companion book to the best-selling Only One You, Kranz uses her famous rockfish to convey the message of beauty in difference in a vibrant and engaging way that will get kids hooked. Now in board book for younger children.
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When little Adri sets out to explore the ocean, he has no idea how colorful the world is. He quickly discovers that there are all kinds of fish in the deep blue sea—big and tiny, smooth and spiny, colorful and plain, different and the same. In this companion book to the best-selling Only One You, Kranz uses her famous rockfish to convey the message of beauty in difference in a vibrant and engaging way that will get kids hooked. Now in board book for younger children.
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Publishers Weekly
The follow-up to Kranz’s Only One You features dozens of small, smooth stones painted to look like rainbow-colored fish; each one bears a slightly different pattern of design and color, reinforcing the story’s theme of difference. It has the same hero, too—Adri, who spends his day noticing the many kinds of fish in the ocean: “Some fish are colorful,/ Some fish are plain./ Some fish look different./ Some fish look the same.” Photo images of waves and sky serve as a backdrop: the “plain” fish are inked in black but left uncolored, while the colorful ones are festooned with Peter Max–style dots, stripes, and rainbows. “We can learn so much from each other,” says Adri’s Papa, when Adri returns home to share his discovery with his parents. “Life is a grand journey,” adds Adri’s mother. “You be you.” The combination of the colorful, jewellike objects and affirmative messages is likely to make this book as popular as Kranz’s first, which has a loyal following. An added bonus: readers can hunt for Adri, who’s hidden among the other fish on every page. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)
Raising Arizona Kids
You Be You brings a whole new level of excitement to painted rocks. A rounded, smooth rock is a limited canvas, but Kranz’s design and the variety of patterns on the rocks makes the book worthwhile before you even read a single word. I looked through the entire book and marveled at the painting and design before I went back to read it.
With its universal theme that life is the greatest journey of all as well as its celebration of the differences between all creatures, You Be You offers a positive message to readers of all ages. In addition, parents can share with their children the homilies featured on the endpapers and children can search for Adri swimming among the other fish. These features, plus Kranz’s whimsical illustrations, ensure that You Be You will be an instant favorite of young and emergent readers or anyone looking for a little encouragement during trying times.
Midwest Book Review
With its strong positive message, You Be You is an ideal choice for parents to read to young children at storytime or bedtime.
Northern Arizona's Mountain Living Magazine
...[A] fun book with a valuable lesson.
The Huffington Post
Named one of Huffington Post's 50 Inspiring Children's Books with a Positive Message.
Kirkus Reviews
There are many fish in the sea--and they are all different. Adri, a winsome fish, spends the day exploring, and as he heads home, he can't help but notice variety in the assortment of finned creatures that surround him. In this companion to the earlier Only One You (2006), which presented Chicken Soup–type advice to the same young fish, Kranz escapes didacticism and provides young readers with an appealing look at diversity. Primarily focused on opposites such as right and left, up and down, big and tiny, smooth and spiny, the bouncy, rhymed text points out differences, while colorful fish swim through the pages illustrating the aforementioned variations. If there is a flaw in Kranz's stylistic rockfish, it is that the differences are not always obvious, as all of the fish have a similar look, but this will serve to make children examine the pictures more closely. Presented with clarity, the distinctions are nicely summarized by Adri himself when he returns to his parents: "There are so many of us…We all have something special that only we can share." Youngsters will enjoy the catchiness of the text and the lively nature of the illustrations, while appreciating the concepts found within, and parallels can easily be drawn to differences of all sorts. A good choice to help children consider similarities and differences. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589797475
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/16/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 213,805
  • Age range: 3 months - 4 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Kranz, winner of the IRA Children’s Choices Award, is the author of many books and journals, including Only One You. Linda lives with her husband in Flagstaff, Arizona. For a complete list of her titles, visit her website at

Linda Kranz, ganadora del premio Children’s Choices de la Asociación Internacional de Lectura (IRA), es autora de muchas revistas y libros, entre ellos Nadie Como Tú. Linda vive con su esposo en Flagstaff, Arizona. Visita su página para obtener una lista completa de todas sus publicaciones.

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Celebrate Diversity!

    I highly recommend this positive, engaging, colorful book for home, school and church libraries. It's a real page turner. You will love the main character, Adri who is a rockfish and how he begins to observe others around him. He begins to embrace all kinds of fish and their differences. The simple story offers a powerful message of love, friendship, uniqueness and acceptance. I like how Adri's parents proclaim a benediction over their son with such love and grace. My favorite line, "Life is a grand journey, Adri," Mama said. "You be you." A very nurturing and affirming book that is excellent for everyone's self esteem.

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