Be Happy To Be You!


Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2018
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Author Biography



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 3 grandchildren, 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.​

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Be Happy To Be You! is an animal picture book for children written by Diane Hull and illustrated by Jan Dolby. Baby Bird looked at the fish swimming in the river, and he knew he wanted to swim. When he told his mom, she reminded him that he had wings and could fly. Baby Bird loved watching the herd of horses as they ran and galloped in the field and wished he could run like they did. His mom answered that he could open his mouth and sing beautifully. Each time he watched other animals being who or what they were, Baby Bird wished he could do the same things. His mom patiently explained that he had his own gifts and skills, and said he should be happy to be himself. Baby Bird just didn’t get it until one day he came down with a bad cold. Suddenly, he lost the ability to do all the things that made him special, and he began to understand the wisdom in his mother’s words.

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. I loved watching as Baby Bird gets excited seeing the frogs, fish and horses, and could understand his frustration at not being able to do what they did so effortlessly. 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. 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. Be Happy To Be You! is most highly recommended.

Rosie fawcett

New favourite bedtime book. Bought in paperback and hardback as my toddlers get very hands on with their books. Great read.

Anna SAMPSON

This book is amazing! Be Happy to Be You is a beautifully written and illustrated children's picture book by retired teacher Diane Hull. Baby bird is an adorable young bird who is learning about life. His mother knows the importance of believing in yourself and being proud of your achievements and she shows Baby bird that he should be proud of who he is. What a wonderful lesson to teach young children that they should stop trying to be like everyone else and be themselves.
The writing is enchanting and the illustrations complement the story. I love Baby bird.
This is my favourite book for young children and my family love it too.

John Barnes

Fantastic book for young children.
My kids love it
Highly recommend.