Be Happy to be You – Diane Hull
“A lovely children’s book that will help encourage them to be happy with who they are. Baby bird is a wonderful character who finds his own strengths and talents after yearning to be like everyone else.” – Gillyd
A baby bird wasn’t happy.
He longed to be like other animals
He wanted to swim and run and jump
But he had to learn to be happy as he was…
He had to learn just to be himself
Diane Hull is a retired Primary School teacher, specialising in the Early Years, who lives in Todmorden in England. Known as “Grandma Duck” to her grandchildren, Joseph aged 6, Harry aged 4 and George who is 7 months, she is very much in touch with what young children like to read and have read to them. Educated at Manchester Metropolitan University, Diane graduated with a B A (Hons) First Class in Early Childhood Studies and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
“A positive sense of self is, in my opinion, the greatest gift we can give any child,” explains the author, who was forced to retire prematurely by the onset of Parkinson’s Disease. “They need to be proud of their own unique achievements and embrace their strengths.”
“Diane Hull’s animal picture book for children, Be Happy To Be You!, is a gentle and disarming fable that teaches kids to recognize and be grateful for their own gifts and skills instead of envying others’ abilities…. Hull’s vocabulary is perfect for new beginners with just enough challenge to make it exciting and fun, and enough easy words to build confidence.” – Jack Magnus, Reader’s Favorite
“Baby bird wanted to be like his friends and did not recognise his own, individual strengths until one day, he caught a cold. What a lovely way to teach young children to be happy with themselves. My children loved the story and the little baby bird” – Amy
Diane’s book is brought to life by Jan Dolby’s adorable illustrations.
Jan is an internationally published illustrator from Toronto, Canada. She has a Fine Art degree from the University of Guelph and has illustrated over 20 picture books. Her studio, The Pink Suitcase, is located in her century home that she shares with her husband, two children and dachshund Margaret.
Jan is a painter, treasure hunter, hockey fan and tiny house lover.
“Jan Dolby’s illustrations make this little bird feel so real. The expressions on his face are priceless, and her line drawings are spare and elegant. As I enjoyed her artwork, I marveled at seeing how effortlessly she designed her animals, landscapes and Baby Bird. Her imaginative work is sure to inspire some creativity in just about every child who sees this book. Each drawing is an open invitation for kids to investigate their own drawing skills.” – Jack Magnus, Reader’s Favorite