Author: Joseph S. DiMare
Illustrator: John Wilson
Did you know that some people DON’T try new things? Well, this book is full of things that children can try. From chasing bugs to climbing the highest mountains! This book is all about building children’s confidence to try new things, without a fear of failure, in the hope of igniting their curiosity.
This picture book has a LOT of spreads, which makes sense as the message in this book is that you just have to keep on trying new things. Big things, small things, fun things, scary things, unusual things…
The book has three parts. The first (and largest) are all the wonderful things you could try, some single page and other double page spreads like this beautifully illustrated spread.
The second part, which I LOVE, is a set of notes on how to try some of the activities that are in the book. How cool is that!
And finally, the last spread, which I think is the most powerful for children, let’s them make a list of things they’d like to try.
As a child, I always loved the phrase, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again and that is exactly what this picture book says to me. There are so many suggestions of things you can try in this book, that children are bound to resonate with some of them, and the wonderful pages in the latter half of this book, where they can brainstorm things they’d like to try, is a lovely touch.
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication date: 28 August 2019
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.