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Only One You

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  656 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
There?s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. Adri?s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world. This exquisitely illustrated book explodes with color and honest insights. Kranz?s uniquely pai ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Northland Publishing
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Katie Lalor
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Very original artwork. Beautiful messages that go along with the bright colored pictures. This book makes for a great gift!
Jeff Botch
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
Linda Kranz’s book, “Only One You,” is a beautiful story about the lessons parents share with their kids.

Adri is a young fish that is ready to begin his own life and his parents want him to take with him the wisdom they have learned.

My favorite part is when Adri’s mother says, “We hope you will remember” and the young fish circles back to let them know that he will not forget.

The life lessons that kids will learn from reading Kranz’s book include the importance of individuality, how you can cha
This story shows that every individual is unique. That they have the power to find what they love to do and to do it. There is wisdom shared down from the parents to the young. It explains that people are born with gifts that they can bring to the surface and use for good and for things they enjoy doing. This book allows students and people to figure out what their strengths are and how they can use them for creating things or doing things. This is a great book to read to students during the fir ...more
Jul 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sam-s-shelf
What a beautiful, sweet little book. It's not one of Sam's favorites (yet), but I just love it. I want to buy a whole bunch and give them out as one of my standard new baby or toddler birthday gifts (so don't be surprised!).
Emma Zvonar
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very engaging way to represent individuality and differences. This book teaches acceptance and how we can all be friends despite obvious physical differences. This book also shows us how to appreciate the small, beautiful things in life.
Lovely artwork; story a collection of aspirational cliches.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, childrens
Some great life lessons. I loved reading this to my son. I hope one day he can reflect back on this book and enjoy it as much as I have.

Always be on the lookout for a new friend.
Look for the beauty wherever you are, and keep the memory of it with you.
Blend in when you need to. Stand out when you have the chance.
Find your own way. You don't have to follow the crowd.
Know when to speak; know when to listen.
No matter how you look at it, there is so much to discover.
If you make a wrong turn, circle
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale of advice from parents to children, kind of an oceanic version of Oh, the Places You'll Go! I discovered this book at an airport bookstore and read both this story and the companion tale, You Be You.

The narrative is short and entertaining and appropriate for all ages. But the highlight of the tale are the gorgeous illustrations. They are so vividly colorful. I really liked this story.

interesting quote:

"Look for beauty wherever you are, and keep the memory of it with you
Debbie Messick
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book designed for children but one which I found spoke to me (age 59!) directly! I'm very grateful that we have this book in our library's childrens' section and highly recommend it! The concept, the illustrations, the entire book is a work of love.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Cutting out the frame narrative would have made this a more effective book.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: niños
Adri es un pequeño pez, a punto de integrarse al mundo exterior, y sus padres comparten con él pequeñas lecciones para funcionar con otros: desde integrarse cuando es necesario, aprender cuando hablar y cuando escuchar, corregir tus errores, apreciar el arte, etc.

Los dibujos son lindos, con colores y diseños similares a las artesanías mexicanas. Los mensajes positivos no están sólo en el contexto del libro, sino también como frases aisladas en las contratapas. Tanto niños como adultos haríamos
Olivia Smith
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This book reminded me of "oh, the places you'll go" by dr Seuss. It's a book you give to someone going away for college or going on an (very) extended trip. It's more for older kids. Younger kids wouldn't understand the"cherish life" lesson it's trying to teach. The illustrations were good although the random plain rocks with words took away from it. The story was sweet however I didn't think it flowed very well. It was an okay book.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me as a graduation gift and I cherish it. It is about a young fish leaving her parents and the importance of remaining true to you. I would definitely read this to a class of kids it's such a wonderful way to teach kids of remaining true to yourself when you are in the real world.
Kim Nelson
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book highlights the importance of believing in oneself. Lovely illustrations with words that will add to a child's vocabulary. Good book with a great message.
Claudia Naranjo
beautiful picture for a very sweet book!
Debra McEathron
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story about how to have the right perspective when going out in the world. I am going to give this book to the 3 graduates I have this year.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: klub-buku-chero
biasanya saya hindari buku anak yg penuh petuah dan pesan moral. tapi saya suka petuah dan gambarnya di buku ini.
We are using this book as an introduction to a rock painting program in the library.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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Elsie Cree
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bought this book at the holocaust memorial
Museum in Washington DC and had such a beautiful message. I loved everything about it: the artwork, the message and the cover are all beautiful.
Julie Kirchner
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations, lovely message.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
nice message and illustrations.
Sadia Mansoor
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, children
Beautiful book with beautiful quotes & life lessons.. Highly recommended :)

Have a look here..
Joy Hausmann
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great for teaching growth mindset in the classroom!
Annie Twohy
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book follows a little fish whose parents offer heartwarming messages to such as: "find your own way, you don't have to follow the crowd. Blend in when you need to, stand out when you have the chance." At the end, his parents remind him how unique he is and encourage him to swim off and make a difference in the world. This book does a wonderful job at encouraging self-confidence, and self-belief through its captivating artwork, and inspirational messages. The meaningful text offers reassuran ...more
Cami Simmons
This is a friendly book about a fish who is ready to sit and listen to his parents wisdom. All through the book, it gives positive advice for the little fish to do. After his parents are through with giving them all they know, the little fish is confident and ready to take on the day!

I love this book because it has a fun font, bright colors, and takes place in the ocean. The illustrator uses stones and paints different colored fish on each one and then photo shops it into real photos of the oce
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
great book!
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I originally choose this book because of the vibrant cover and illustrations. While I loved the illustration, the content of the book amazed me even more. I feel like this book is really intended for adults, despite the child like pictures. The insight into being an individual and going your own direction in life, is such a great life lesson. I particularly like the page where the mother tells her child to "look for beauty wherever [he/she] is, and keep the memory of it with you". I personally w ...more
Sarah Hurdelbrink
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This simple picture book shares the message that every individual is unique and has the power to find and do what they love. It shares wisdom from parent fish to their young son as he prepares to go out into the world. This is a great story to introduce the idea of doing something great with your life, based on the passions, strengths, talents and interests that you personally hold. It serves as a reminder to believe in yourself, be true to yourself, and try to make a positive difference in the ...more
Jennifer Danko
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Kranz, Linda. Only One You. Flagstaff, Ariz.: Rising Moon, 2006. Print.
Genre: Picture Book
The illustrations are simple and straight forward. The author placed bright colored paper fish against realistic backgrounds. By doing this the author made the actions of the fish stand out and emphasized the story the fish were telling by their actions. The author uses white writing contrasting with bright backgrounds to make the words stand out. Overall the book is great for teaching children lessons in
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Linda Kranz, winner of the IRA Children’s Choices Award, is the author of eight journals and a craft book, as well as the bestselling Only One You and You Be You. A self-taught artist who painted on canvas until the day she found a smooth river rock, Linda lives with her husband in Flagstaff, Arizona. Together they enjoy discovering new landscapes in and around the Southwest and returning to thei ...more
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