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You Should, You Should

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Hippo's morning starts off good,
until friends say, “You should! You should!” 
You should prance! You should sing!
Wear this hat! Stretch your wing!
Though Hippo wants to be a friend,
he wonders when the “shoulds” will end.
Hippo and friends will soon find out
that being yourself is what life's about.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Familius (first published August 22nd 2013)
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Becky Zeeman
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Honestly, words just aren't enough to express how much I LOVE this book! It's such a fantastic children's book, but I love reading it, even as an adult (one of those books that I always look forward to when my children choose it for story time, rather than dreading having to read it one more time! ;) ). The illustrations are phenomenal! They're beautiful and fun and so well done. The characters are so expressive and fun! The story is fun and entertaining, the rhythm of the book makes it fun to r ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book! A great message for children and adults about being yourself instead of trying to follow others. But it's not a preachy book. It's a fun story with wonderful, whimsical, and delightful illustration. I love how the characters come to life, with their own mannerisms and personalities. ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. The illustrations are fun and colorfully captivating, and the length is perfect to keep kids’ attention while sharing an important message about being yourself in a world where people are constantly demanding you to meet their standards and expectations.
Lauren Krebs
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a helpless hippo who goes along and does whatever his other animals friends tell him to do. Until, finally he can't take it anymore and says no that he is going to be himself and not let other people try and change him. I really liked the message in this book about not being peer-pressured into doing things you are not comfortable doing. Unfortunately, a lot of peer pressuring happens at school, therefore this is a great book to read to your students. I think this book is gear ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun and colourful story, teaching children about peer-pressure and to be themselves.
A story of an unhappy hippo who tries to fit in, until he realises he is not the same as his friends and it is ok to be different from them.

The book is beautifully illustrated and can be humorous when experimenting with different voices for each animal. The rhyming pattern in the book makes the story fun to read.

This book would be suitable for 4-8 year olds.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Cute story about a hippo who tries to conform to others’ suggestions for him. Each attempt has humorous and ridiculous results. Sweet lessons for kids including acceptance of one’s abilities and bodies, as well as attachment to family. The illustrations are lavish, with bright colours and fun. Kids will enjoy turning the pages to see how each new attempt goes awry.
Grace Luo
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It's good to let kids know everyone is unique and awesome. People have freedom to choose and do things. There is no one should be like another person. And it's especially helpful when kids are upset for other kids doesn't want to play the way they want. ...more
Tori Whitworth
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This story is a charming book about how we are each unique with different interests, and talents. I also really enjoyed the illustrations. Picture book.
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Just the book my daughter needed this week!
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very cute book on being yourself.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book! Awesome engaging illustrations and story!
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A nice children's book with a good lesson. The illustrations are engaging, the vocabulary is very simple, and the message is pretty clear. This is not a book promoting rebellion, but it does promote uniqueness and combat peer pressure. ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Might be too long for story time, but the art is adorable. Could give it a try.
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